Chicago Heights, IL

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
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
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