Stone Park is a village of approximately 5,000 residents, located west of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. Prostitution has been identified by law enforcement as a problem in the city, and has generated complaints from residents. Cases of sex trafficking have also been documented. For example, in 2010 a 30-year-old woman escaped from the control of a trafficker and contacted Stone Park police. She said she had been forced to prostitute herself on the Mannheim Road corridor in unincorporated Cook County just outside Stone Park, which has been infamous for prostitution and sex trafficking for many years, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. The force used against the woman included an assault that resulted in domestic battery charges against the trafficker.
To address the issue, the Stone Park Police Department has incorporated several demand-driven tactics in an effort to identify and apprehend sex buyers. In their efforts, the SPPD has conducted more than 50 street-level reverse stings, beginning in 1997. Through 2006, more than 900 men were arrested in the reverse stings. Once arrested, johns soliciting from a car may have their vehicle seized and impounded. Fines and impound fees are generally about $600.
- Stone Park Police Department
- Street-Level Reverse Stings:
- “Stone Park Sued on Vice Arrests,” Chicago Tribune, December 15 2006.
- “Car Wash Owners Sue the Village,” Proviso Herald, December 21 2006.
- Auto Seizure:
- “Preferential Treatment? Towing Companies that Contribute Remain on Job,” Melrose Park Herald, November 2 2005.
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- “Boyfriend Charged with Forcing Girlfriend into Prostitution,” Chicago Examiner, December 21 2010.
- “Police: Man Forced Girlfriend into Prostitution,” CBS/WBBM-TV 2, December 21 2010.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Village’s Image Takes Another Hit,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 4 1999.
- “Strip Club Next to Stone Park Convent May Be Preparing to Open,” CBS/WBBM-TV 2, May 23 2012.