Akron hotel employee charged in human trafficking operation

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Friday that an employee at a Summit County hotel has been charged with promoting prostitution, a fourth degree felony.

The investigation, which was a collaboration between the Attorney General’s Office, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Human Trafficking Task Force, found that Cody Allen Vanderwhyst was allegedly promoting prostitution.

“This hotel worker must have thought he had the ultimate setup for trafficking women,” Yost said. “But providing that kind of ‘room service’ will give you an upgraded room, improved security, that is, in prison.”

Investigators did not disclose which hotel Vanderwhyst worked at.

Five victims of human trafficking were discovered during the investigation into the alleged actions of the 28-year-old Akron man. All five were referred to social service agencies for medical treatment and other resources.

Another person, who has not been identified by the attorney general’s office, has been charged with soliciting.

During the operation, five victims of human trafficking were referred to social service organizations, which provided medical care and resources.

Another person has been charged with soliciting.

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