Franklin Park, IL

Tactics Used

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

Franklin Park is a village of 20,000 near Chicago, Illinois.  One of the key prostitution problems in the city is street prostitution occurring along Mannheim Road, a major “stroll” cutting through several suburbs of Chicago within Cook County.

Since at least 1996, the Franklin Park Police Department has collaborated with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to conducted street-level reverse stings using undercover women officers as decoys. Such stings have been deployed in areas known for prostitution, drug trafficking, and gang activity. At times reversals have been conducted in parallel with other operations targeting providers of commercial sex.

In October 2014, the Franklin Park Herald-Journal reported that the FPPD had completed its first “independent” reversal (i.e., without the assistance of the CCSO). The operation, conducted by a FPPD tactical unit along Mannheim Road, resulted in the arrest of four johns in a three-hour period. Following their arrests, all of the men’s names, ages, and addresses were released to the public.

 

Key Partners

  • Franklin Park Police Department
  • Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State Illinois
Type City
Population 18095
Location
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