When I think of northern Michigan I think of camping, peaceful vacations and getaways and a place to escape city life. The one thing that never comes to mind is a massive prostitution ring.

According to WNEM, 73 charges have been placed against 34 men, ranging in age from 18 to 65. Of those charges, 70 are split evenly between solicitation for prostitution and using a computer to commit a crime. Some of the other charges include possession of marijuana, possession of oxycodone, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

The arrests were part of an effort to raise awareness and put an end to human trafficking in northern Michigan which has become a major problem. Anyone who wants to report what they believe to be human trafficking can call their local Michigan State Police post or the closest police department. Callers can remain anonymous.

Here's a list of the men arrested and charged in the sting:

  • James Scott Johnson, 38 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • James Scott Johnson, 38 6/26/18 Houghton Lake Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Kristopher Harold Suchland, 30 5/09/18 Houghton Lake Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Robert Emanuel Sherlock, 61 6/26/18 Houghton Lake Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Kenneth John Johnson, 46 5/09/18 Houghton Lake Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • David Ray Williams, 53 5/09/18 Houghton Lake Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Ryan Dale Dykgraaf, 28 2/08/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Chad Alan Morrison, 30 2/09/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Stephan Kirk Colberg, 42 2/08/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Scott Thomas Barrett, 55 2/09/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Cody Daniel Sprague, 30 2/08/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • John Dee Edwards, 61 2/08/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Joseph John Ockert, 41 2/09/18 Cadillac Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime Marijuana – possession of/synthetic equiv.
  • Matthew Douglas Hoyt, 52 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Timothy Robert Cook, 58 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Darryl James Paquette, 53 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Jason John Beebe, 38 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Clinton James Brian, 49 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Christopher James West, 45 4/12/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Matthew M. Bosma, 59 6/06/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Kim Stuart Becker, 61 6/06/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Irvin C. Pettit, 56 6/06/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Evan Raheem Carew, 18 6/06/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Mark McDaniels, 56 6/06/18 Traverse City Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Richard Joseph Bennett, 64 4/19/18 Alpena Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • James Ivan Thompson, 4/19/18 Alpena Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • David James Kirkham, 28 6/21/18 Lewiston Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Ahmed Abdulraheem Al-Kubati, 28 6/21/18 Lewiston Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Nicholas Andrew Wojkowiak, 26 4/26/18 Gaylord Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Ryan Michael Shephard, 34 4/26/18 Gaylord Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime Oxycodone – possession of Weapons – felony firearm
  • Jesse Ryan Richardson, 28 4/26/18 Gaylord Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Patrick Henry McDonald, 56 6/07/18 Petoskey Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • John James Fisher, 65 6/07/18 Petoskey Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Derek Taylor Shirley, 37 6/07/18 Petoskey Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime
  • Michael James Tilley, 62 6/07/18 Petoskey Prostitution - engaging services of Computers - using to commit a crime

To see photos of all the dirtbags arrested, click here.