Friday, September 2, 2011

International Sex Tourism, Car Theft Rings Busted in Ohio

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM


Cleveland's not just home to simple, small-time crimes like bribing a building inspector or receiving free tiki huts while being commissioner. It's also at the center of two international crime busts in the last week.

First: "Operation Hot Wheels," which brought down an organization that rented cars in Michigan and Ohio, drove them into Canada, and then shipped them overseas. Five cars were set to make their way to Iraq when the ring was halted by an indictment by the U.S. attorneys office, according to the AP.

Second, fresh from today: An international sex tourism sting netted at least four arrests of folks from Northeast Ohio and two men from Germany who flew to Cleveland. An announcement today from authorities should provide more details on those already convicted, including charges of attempted sex trafficking of children.

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