Seventeen people were arrested by the Hilliard Division of Police on Sept. 12 as part of a human-trafficking sting spearheaded by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office.

Hilliard was among the agencies that participated in the central Ohio operation, said Andrea Litchfield, a Hilliard police spokeswoman.

A partnership of more than 30 law-enforcement agencies and service organizations participated in the operation, which was named "Fourth and Goal" and in which 104 people were arrested, with 53 felony charges in the multiple operations, according to a press release from Yost's office.

The 17 arrests made by Hilliard police were for soliciting, a misdemeanor charge, and they were made at a Hilliard hotel.

All 17 arrested in Hilliard were men ages 22 to 66, according to a Hilliard police report.

A portion of the initiative focused on those seeking to engage in sexual activity with whom they believed to be children; that portion of the operation arrested 24 individuals for importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to the press release.

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