Hundreds Arrested in Illinois Prostitution Sting

sting, Cook County Sheriff, Illinois Criminal Defense LawyerA nationwide operation to reduce sex-trafficking concluded last month, resulting in the arrest of nearly 600 would-be buyers, or “johns,” and promoters of prostitution. The sting was coordinated by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and utilized the cooperation of nearly 40 law enforcement agencies across 17 states.

Super Sunday Finale

The so-called “National Day of Johns Arrests” effort began in mid-January and concluded on February 1, coinciding with Super Bowl Sunday, a connection emphasized by Sheriff Dart. “It’s particularly meaningful that this sting culminated on the day of the Super Bowl, which unfortunately has emerged as a prominent haven for sex-trafficking,” he said. While the timing may be attention-grabbing, prostitution and sex-trafficking remain a problem year-round for many communities.

In all, 570 individuals, including 19 in Lake County, were arrested for soliciting prostitution, more than 70 percent of whom responded to phony escort ads placed by law enforcement officials on several websites. An additional 23 arrests were made of suspects facing charges related to the promoting or trafficking of prostitution. The focus of the operation, however, was the would-be buyers. “If there were no johns, there would be no prostitution,” Dart said. “It’s not a victimless crime and johns need to be held responsible for their role in exacerbating the sex trade.” Officials were also pleased to announce almost 70 victims, including 14 juveniles were “rescued” from the sex-trade as a result of the sting.

Severe Potential Consequences

Prostitution and the solicitation of prostitution in the state of Illinois are extremely serious charges that can follow an individual for a lifetime. Either may result in felony prosecution which can result in heavy fines, community service, and/or prison terms. More severe charges and penalties may be imposed in cases involving minors or the promotion of prostitution.

In addition to criminal charges and penalties, a charge for the solicitation of prostitution can ruin an individual’s reputation. Family members, friends, and business associates are unlikely to be very understanding of any situation that may have lead to such actions and charges.

Get Legal Protection

Do not let charges of prostitution or solicitation destroy your life. If you are facing any type of charges related to prostitution, you may have legal options available to you. Contact an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel LLC, Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney today at 312-270-0999 for a free consultation.

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