- Associated Press - Thursday, July 11, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohio authorities say 49 people were arrested during initiatives dubbed “Operation Homerun” and “Operation Triple Play” aimed at sex predators during the days of festivities around baseball’s All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Attorney General Dave Yost and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley announced the results Thursday, two days after the All-Star events wrapped up Tuesday night with the game itself. The concurrent Human Trafficking Task Force operations targeted people authorities say are helping fund human trafficking by buying sex.

Operation Homerun resulted in 21 arrests for soliciting prostitution. Triple Play netted 28 people who face charges that they were seeking sexual activity with individuals they believed were minor children.

A range of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies participated in the operations.

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