Arraignments held for 17 accused in human trafficking ring

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COLUMBUS (WCMH)  — More than a dozen men arrested in a statewide human trafficking sting were arraigned on Friday.

Seventeen of the 22 men who were indicted last month on various sex-related charges after they were arrested in a statewide human trafficking sting appeared in court on Friday.

Another man will appear in court on Monday.

The men are facing various sex-related charges.

“These 22 men all traveled to a specific location in Franklin County to engage in inappropriate sexual conduct with what they thought were children they believed to be between 12 and 15 years old,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien has said.

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The men were arrested as part of a statewide human trafficking sting called Operation 4th and Goal.  

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During a recent news conference, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost explained that Operation 4th and Goal was a 3-day undercover, anti-human trafficking sting conducted this week throughout the state that involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies. 

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