Champaign is a city of 81,000 residents in east/central Illinois. Problems associated with the local commercial sex market include cases of child sex trafficking. Reverse stings have been conducted in Champaign at least as early as 1994. That year, a week-long, street-level sting and reverse sting (“Operation Hooked”) resulted in the arrests of 34 sex buyers (as well as 13 prostituted women). More recently, Champaign police have conducted web based reverse stings to curb the demand for prostitution. In 2009, a reversal captured four men whose names, ages, and hometowns were reported to the media.
- Champaign Police Department
- Reverse stings:
- Pantagraph – Bloomington, Indiana, August 27, 1994. Champaign officers hook 47 on prostitution counts.
- Background on local prostitution and sex trafficking: