More Than 1,000 Nabbed In Nationwide Sex Trafficking Sting, 141 In Cook County
More than 1,000 arrests were made from June 28 to July 31 in a national sting across 37 states targeting sex trafficking, officials announced Wednesday.
The National Johns Suppression Initiative ran its 14th operation during four days and included 37 law enforcement agencies leading to 1,020 arrests of sex buyers, according to a Cook County sheriff’s office release.
Fifteen of those arrested face trafficking-related charges, and 81 people — 75 adults and six juveniles — were recused and offered help.
In Cook County, 141 sex buyers were arrested, the release said.
Cook County sheriff’s police worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to shut down three brothels, where three people were arrested for operating it and six victims were offered help, the release said.
Out of the 141 Cook County arrests, three of the suspects were pimps, officials said. In Broadview, 12 people were arrested; 15 in Lansing; 18 in Matteson; eight in Rosemont; five in Arlington Heights; and 19 in Lake County, officials said.
Sheriff Tom Dart said in the release that his office would ask the Cook County Board to pass an ordinance to create a public database to name the sex buyers who are caught a second time. Dart said the ordinance would double the fines to $2,000. Sex buyers’ names would become eligible for removal if there are no additional arrests after two years, the release said.
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