Bloomingdale, IL

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Bloomingdale is a suburb of Chicago with about 22,000 residents, and has documented evidence of prostitution and child sex trafficking occurring in and near the city that have generated tips and complaints to police.  For example, in November 2013, DuPage County Sheriff’s officers arrested a man who allegedly tried to arrange sex with a person he thought was a teenager engaged in prostitution.  The man was charged with patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution, solicitation of a sexual act and attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  After receiving a tip that a man was interested in engaging in sex with a 15- or 16-year-old girl, two undercover sheriff’s officers -– one posing as a pimp and the other as a prostitute — set up a meeting at the Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale to negotiate terms, a DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney said at the bond hearing.  After the sex buyer was taken into custody, police searched his residence and found the $500 he promised to pay for spending the night with the girl.  The man reportedly told police officers that he had spent $30,000 on meetings with adult prostitutes the previous year.  The judge ordered that the man could post bond if he agreed to wear a GPS tracking device.

Key Partners

  • DuPage County Sheriff’s Office
State Illinois
Type City
Population 21903
Location
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