Leyden Township, 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

Leyden Township is a community of approximately 91,000 residents, located northwest of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. Prostitution has been a persistent and visible problem in the Mannheim Road area for years. In an effort to identify and apprehend sex buyers, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has incorporated the use of street-level reverse stings. Police have used formerly prostituted women as scouts, and the reverse sting operations have typically used an undercover female officer as a decoy. When men attempt to solicit sex, they are quickly arrested. Police may release the names and identities of the arrestees to the media.

In 2008, Cook County implemented the “Public Morals Nuisance Ordinance to End Demand.” Arrested sex buyers in Leyden Township could then be subject to auto seizure and up to 100 hours of community service. Additionally, fines collected from sex buyer arrests were deposited in a Women’s Justice Services Fund. In 2010, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office began placing two anti-soliciting billboards in the Mannheim Road area with these words of warning to potential sex buyers: “Chances are, the woman you are about to pick up works for us. Expect to pay $2,150.”

In July 2021, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Special Victims Unit arrested 25 men who tried to purchases sex in a reverse sting in Leyden Township. The men were each issued a $1,000 citation and 21 vehicles were towed under the Cook County public morals nuisance order, which requires vehicle owners to pay $500 to reclaim them.

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Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Illinois
Type City
Population 90771
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