Lansing, 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

Lansing is a city of less than 30,000 residents, located in eastern Illinois’ Cook County near Hammond, Indiana and south of Calumet City, Illinois.  Cases of prostitution and child sex trafficking have been documented in the community.

For example, in 2013, two men faced charges following an investigation into alleged child prostitution at a Lansing motel. One man was charged with two counts of human trafficking, one count of involuntary servitude and one count of involuntary servitude of a minor. A tip reportedly led police to the motel, where they found two men with a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl. Police also found postings on Backpage.com, advertising the two people for prostitution. Their investigation determined one of the men was a pimp who arranged the prostitution of the adult and trafficked the child over several months in hotels in the south suburbs and northwest Indiana.

In their efforts to reduce commercial sex activity locally, law enforcement have staged at least two reverse stings in Lansing targeting johns. Lansing Police Department officers participated in the 2014 National Day of John Arrests operation occurring in late January and early February 2014. During the operation, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Lansing Police Department arrested six sex buyers and seized six vehicles.  The men were charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution; each was charged $1,000 in fines.

In early February 2016, CCSO and LPD officers announced the completion of an anti-john detail in the community. The operation, conducted on February 4, 2016 at a local hotel using a female undercover officer, was one of at least two anti-prostitution details staged in Cook County in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl– the other was staged in nearby Matteson. In the days following the operations, the Chicago Tribune interviewed the Matteson Police Chief who indicated that 20 johns had been intercepted during the two stings, 13 of which were picked up in Lansing. Their identities were not disclosed to the public, but the MPD officer reported that those arrested “face[d] a $500 fine, plus a $500 administration fee and towing fines if they used a vehicle in their attempt to buy sex.”

Key Partners

  • Cook County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lansing Police Department

Key Sources

State Illinois
Type City
Population 28479
Location
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