Romeoville, IL

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

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.

To reduce prostitution activity in the area, 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 johns, 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 would-be 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

State Illinois
Type City
Population 39680
Location
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