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EIGHTEEN YEARS FOR CHICAGO PIMP

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 — In the first conviction of its kind in Cook County, a Chicago man arrested by Sheriff’s Police has received eighteen years for human trafficking-related offenses today.

Troy Bonaparte, 46, of the 8000 block of South Ridgeland in Chicago, was convicted in March of involuntary servitude, trafficking in persons for forced labor or services and pandering.  He was arrested in August 2010 by Cook County Sheriff’s Police. 

The Sheriff’s Police Vice Unit targeted Bonaparte after responding to a suspicious ad he posted in the Escorts section of the website Backpage.com.  The ads contained solicitations such as “Sexy Crystal is here to please and pamper you”, “Call me before 1 a.m. and get your discount”, and “Girlfriend Experience”.  During the course of their investigation, officers determined Bonaparte was operating a prostitution ring through coercion and that there were at least three women under Bonaparte’s control, whom he was forcing to prostitute for his own profit.  Bonaparte recruited his victims off the street, and forced them to prostitute under threat of physical violence, moving from location to location across the greater Chicago area.  After setting up surveillance and a sting operation, Vice Unit and Special Operations officers arrested Bonaparte at an Elk Grove Village motel.

Bonaparte has been arrested fifty-five times previously, and has nine convictions for offenses including pimping, manufacture and delivery of cocaine, possession of a stolen vehicle, and theft. 

Sheriff Dart thanked the Vice Unit officers who handled the investigation and arrest.  He also thanked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Unit for their work in prosecuting this case. 

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