Kane County, IL

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Kane County has a population of roughly 532,000 residents, making it the fifth-most populous county in Illinois. Its county seat is Geneva and its largest city is Aurora. The county is located about 40 miles west of Chicago, near Naperville.

Several of the cities in Kane County have pursued anti-demand approaches to combating prostitution and sex trafficking. For example, Elgin has conducted at least 10 reverse stings since 2001. The men arrested in Elgin have been charged with violating a city ordinance. Autos have also been impounded when used in crimes, including buying sex. In a June 2014 operation, six subjects were arrested and charged with solicitation of a sexual act, a class A misdemeanor, and their vehicles were towed under the City of Elgin local ordinance for “soliciting a prostitute,” which carried a $1,000 fine.

The Aurora Police Department has adopted an aggressive approach to combat demand for commercial sex, including street-level and web-based reverse stings, and men are often identified in news releases. Police have also impounded vehicles and sex buyers must pay $500 each to retrieve them. To further discourage sex buyers, local law enforcement and city officials can apply stringent penalties to offenders, such as being subject to SOAP (or Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution) orders, barring them from re-entering areas known for commercial sex sales.

Police in Aurora and Elgin have often collaborated with Kane County as well as state and federal agencies (and those in neighboring cities and counties) to conduct similar undercover operations that lead to arrests of sex buyers. Arrested sex buyers may be booked at the Kane County Correctional Center in St. Charles, and the Kane County Child Advocacy Center has assisted during investigations. Kane County prosecutors helped to develop the john school program in Aurora, which was modeled after a successful one in Indianapolis (the Red Zone Program) that had been operating for more than three years previously.

Key Partners

Key Sources

National Assessment Survey and Interview

Street-Level Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Auto Seizure:

Identity Disclosure:

Neighborhood Action:

Neighborhood Action/Identity Disclosure/Informal John School:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Illinois
Type County
Population 531756
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