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Craigslist Sting Produces 76 Arrests

By Tim State in News on Jun 15, 2008 3:22PM

06-15-08_prostitutes.jpgWe told you in Friday’s Extra Extra that the Cook County Sheriff was going to conduct a Craigslist prostitution sting. The results are in: 76 men and women have been arrested for prostitution-related charges.

In two cases, women meeting with clients at local hotels had rented separate rooms where they left their toddlers unattended. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified in both cases.

In addition to responding to ads posted, undercover officers posted their own bogus ads under “erotic services.” One indicated a 15-year-old was looking for sex in exchange for money. That brought in three responses, one traced back to a registered sex offender previously arrested by the Sheriff’s department.

Since January 2007, 149 arrests have been made in similar stings. [Trib]

Pre-Craigslist Prostitution Bulletin Board photo by That_James.