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NATIONAL SEX TRAFFICKING STING
YIELDS 359 ARRESTS

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 A coalition of federal and local law enforcement agencies conducted a sting operation that led to the arrests of 323 would-be sex solicitors and 36 pimps, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

The sixth annual “National Day of Johns Arrests” ran for 21 days from July 7 through July 28, bringing together 36 agencies throughout 17 states in a widespread crackdown on the demand for purchased sex. Founded and coordinated by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, these sweeps are the foundation of an on-going national effort to highlight the role of sex buyers as perpetrators to this violent and exploitative industry.

Charges stemming from this effort include adult and juvenile felony sex trafficking, criminal solicitation of a minor, pimping, pandering, promotion of adult and juvenile prostitution and public indecency. In addition to the sex-related arrests, the sweeps yielded charges relating to drug trafficking and possession of illegal firearms.

The 2013 “Day of Johns Arrests” results reflect growing momentum for this national campaign, with 18 new law enforcement agencies having signed on for the 2013 sweeps. In six years, the collaborative effort has resulted in the arrests of 1,473 total johns.

“This broad national partnership and the sheer number of arrests should send a strong message to prospective sex solicitors that their ‘hobby’ will inevitably land them in jail or worse,” said Sheriff Dart. “No longer should sex trafficking be viewed as a victimless crime. These women have been brutalized and taken advantage of – and the most effective way to deter these heinous crimes is to target the demand.”

Cumulative numbers from the “National Day of Johns” campaign are as follows:

Noteworthy anecdotes from the sweep:

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has taken the lead in coordinating the nationwide sweeps, while providing support for prostituted individuals in Cook County through its Human Trafficking Response Team. Victims seeking to leave their lives of sexual exploitation receive safe housing and counseling services from fellow prostitution survivors.

Additional information, including a summary of all data collected as a result of this collaborative sting operation, will be available by the end of the week on the websites of the Cook County Sheriff (www.cookcountysheriff.org) and Demand Abolition (www.demandabolition.org).

A list of participating agencies is below
(*** signifies an agency that joined the campaign in 2013):

1. Cook County Sheriff's Office (Illinois), lead coordinating agency

2. F.B.I. Chicago Division - Orland Park Office (Illinois)

3. Aurora PD (Illinois)

4. Elgin PD (Illinois)

5. Kane County Sheriff's Office (Illinois)

6. Indianapolis Metro PD (Indiana)

7. Boston PD (Massachusetts)

8. Los Angeles PD (California)

9. Phoenix PD (Arizona)

10. Las Vegas PD (Nevada)

11. Newport News PD (Virginia)

12. Cincinnati PD (Ohio)

13. Dayton PD (Ohio)

14. Denver PD (Colorado)

15. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

16. Seattle PD (Washington)

17. Pittsburgh PD (Pennsylvania)

18. Texas/HumanSmuggling/TraffickingUnit-Cyber/ChildExploitationUnit-Computer Forensics/ICE/Homeland Security Investigations

19. Lake County Sheriff’s Office (Indiana)***

20. Gary PD (Indiana)***

21. Oklahoma City PD (Oklahoma)***

22. Nashville Metro PD (Tennessee)***

23. Sharonville PD (Ohio)***

24. Minneapolis PD (Minnesota)***

25. St. Paul PD (Minnesota)***

26. Roseville PD (Minnesota)***

27. Central Minnesota Task Force (Minnesota)***

28. Harris County Sheriff’s Office (Texas)***

29. Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (Texas)***

30. Houston PD (Texas)***

31. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (Texas) ***

32. San Antonio PD (Texas) ***

33. Homeland Security Investigations (Texas)***

34. Texas Department of Public Safety CID (Texas) ***

35. Texas Office of the Attorney General (Texas)***

36. Bexar County District Attorney's Office (Texas)***

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law. -

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