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Burlington is a village in Kane County, Illinois, with a population of 535 at the 2020 census. It was incorporated as a village in 1990. Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and demand reduction tactics have been employed in the city. Identity disclosure and loss of employment are consequence of buying sex that have occurred locally. For example, in August, 2019, a man was arrested and charged for “patronizing a prostitute” and soliciting a sex act in a Winnebago County operation. The man was the Racine County register of deeds, and also had been a member of the Burlington Town Board at the time of his arrest, but resigned not long thereafter. He was one of 27 men arrested in August 2019 in what law enforcement deemed “Operation Exclusive.” The charges were later dismissed, less than three months after a jury trial was scheduled but then canceled at the last minute, according to online court records from Winnebago County.
- Burlington Town Board
Employment Loss, Identity Disclosure:
- https://journaltimes.com/news/local/article (2019)
- https://lakegenevanews.net/burlington-political-figure-charged-in-prostitution-case (2019)
- https://www.kenoshanews.com/burlington-town-board-member-bank-official-arrested-in-prostitution-sting (2019)
- https://www.wgtd.org/news/update-prostitution-charges-against-former-racine-register-deeds (2019)
- https://lacrossetribune.com/ex-register-of-deeds-fettes-i-ask-that-the-public-withhold-judgement (2019)
- https://journaltimes.com/crime-and-courts/fettes-resigns-from-burlington-town-board (2019)
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