Schaumburg, 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

Schaumburg is a suburb of Chicago and has a population of approximately 77,000. It is located in Cook County. Prostitution and sex trafficking has been documented problems in the city, and throughout the county, and Schaumburg residents have complained to police about prostitution and its related problems in multiple neighborhoods. One local sex trafficking case involved a pregnant 16-year-old girl who was kicked out of her house and then lived in a Schaumburg mall.  She was picked up by a female recruiter who took her home and fed her until the girl’s baby was born. Then the young mother was “turned out” to engage in prostitution (i.e., child sex trafficking).  In another case, through a prostitution sting it was discovered that several women were coming from out of state to be sold for sex at a Schaumburg hotel.  A week later, two of those women robbed several people, and in that event two people were shot, one fatally.

In response to such concerns surrounding prostitution and sex trafficking, police have targeted commercial sex, including attempts to combat-consumer-level demand.  The Schaumburg Police Department has conducted reverse stings since 1993, and at least one street-level reverse sting that resulted in five arrests.

A Schaumburg law enforcement respondent to the 2022 National Assessment Survey reported that demand reduction tactics used within the city include sex buyers arrested by means other than reverse stings (since 2005), public education specifically targeting the demand for commercial sex (since 2014), cameras used to deter or collect evidence against sex buyers (since 2021), and vehicle seizures (since 2021).


Key Partners

  • Schaumburg Police Department
  • Cook County Sheriff’s Department

Key Sources

National Assessment  Survey and Interview (2012)

National Assessment Survey ( 2022)

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “Schaumburg Lawyer Says Utopia Spa Dropping Suit”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, April 12 1995.
  • “Village Closes Health Spa”, Schaumburg Review, March 14 1996.
  • “Schaumburg Closes Spa after Prostitution Charge”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, March 28 1996.
  • “Police Find Prostitution in Sears Bathroom Stalls”, Schaumburg Review, March 19 1998.
  • “Fourth Suspect at Mall Charged with Sex Acts”, Schaumburg Review, April 23 1998.
  • “Undercover Prostitution Sting Arrests Five”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, November 21 1998.
  • “Police Charge Man with Pimping”, Schaumburg Review, June 3 1999.
  • “Five Arrested in Cloud 9 Raid”, Schaumburg Review, August 19 1999.
  • “Schaumburg Officers Arrest Five on Prostitution Charges”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, February 11 2000.
  • “2 Women Charged with Prostitution”, Schaumburg Review, March 10 2005.
  • “Police Sting Nets 10 on Prostitution Charges”, Schaumburg Review, July 20 2006.
  • “4 Face Prostitution Charges”, Glenview Announcements, July 27 2006.
  • “Police Charge Two with Prostitution”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, August 1 2006.
  • “4 Stung for Prostitution”, Des Plaines Times, August 3 2006.
  • “Prostitution Arrests Continue”, Schaumburg Review, August 3 2006.
  • “3 Women Arrested in Prostitution Stings”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, August 23 2007.
  • “Two Arrests, Same Woman”, Schaumburg Review, August 30 2007.
  • “Police Find Prostitutes Working out of Schaumburg Apartment”, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, April 28 2009.
State Illinois
Type City
Population 77082
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