Romeoville, 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

Romeoville is a village of approximately 40,000 residents, located southwest of Chicago near Joliet in Will County, Illinois.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are known to occur in the city, and have generated complaints to police from residents.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. The Romeoville Police Department has stated that it conducts periodic web-based reverse stings. One such operation, conducted in October 2013, resulted in the arrest of five sex buyers. Although one of the sex buyers, a local educator, had his name and other identifying information publicized by local media outlets, the remaining offenders’ identities (as well as the details of the operation itself) were not released.  Two vehicles were reportedly seized in the reverse sting.

In April 2015, RPD officers announced the completion of a street-level reverse sting that netted 20 sex buyers. Law enforcement did not disclose logistical details about the operation, but noted that the sting was staged in a location selected for its proximity to several local hotels and motels. All of the individuals arrested had their identities publicized in press.  In March 2019, two men were arrested in a reverse sting conducted at a Romeoville hotel.

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Illinois
Type City
Population 40469
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