Machesney Park, 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

Machesney Park is a village of approximately 23,000 residents, situated in the suburbs of Rockford in Winnebago County, Illinois. On at least one occasion, local law enforcement have staged an investigation targeting sex buyers in the community. In December 2015, the Rockford Register Star reported the arrests of four johns following an anti-prostitution detail at a Machesney Park-area motel. Logistical details of the investigation were not disclosed (e.g., whether or not the sting was conducted at street level or using web-based advertisements), though a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department press release indicated that the sting had been overseen by its Tactical Anti-Crime Unit. The identities and mugshots of those arrested were also publicized in press.

Key Partners

  • Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department
State Illinois
Type City
Population 23499
Location
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