Chicago Heights, IL

Tactics Used

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

Chicago Heights has a population of about 31,000 and is located in Northern Illinois, just south of the Chicago.  Many large scale stings have occurred since 1996 as a result of feelings on the part of police and residents that prostitution and sex trafficking “cheapens a community.”  Also in 1996, a city ordinance was passed allowing Chicago Heights police to seize the vehicles of men arrested for solicitation.  In 2003, 106 men were arrested and had their cars seized in a five day reverse sting operation spanning the Chicago Heights region.  As a penalty, they had to pay a $100 fine for soliciting and at least $100 to recover their vehicles.  A reverse sting in 2012 resulted in 49 arrests and impounding of vehicles.  In addition to bail and other costs, the men had to pay a $500 impound fee in 2012.   The name, age, and address of each arrested john is published in the local media.

State Illinois
Type City
Population 30586
Location
Comments are closed.