On Wednesday The Cook County sheriff’s office released a statement
At least 473 sex buyers were arrested by two dozen law enforcement agencies across 12 states as part of the National Johns Suppression Initiative, which ran from July 25 through Aug. 26, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Nearly a dozen juveniles have been rescued as part of the nationwide effort to reduce sex trafficking.
A press release detailed the success of the operation in Cook County as police in Maywood, Matteson and Lansing worked together to arrest 73 “johns” – including one man who was also charged with child endangerment for having his 5-year-old child in the back seat of his car while he solicited an undercover officer for sex.
Arlington Heights police nabbed two people in the initiative, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task force arrested eight men, with all 10 charged with solicitation of a sex act, according to news releases.
“The National Johns Suppression Initiative is designed to target and reduce the demand for purchased sex, which fuels a sex trafficking industry that perpetuates a cycle of violence, exploitation, mental illness and drug addiction for victims,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a statement.
Some of the numbers from the national crackdown included: 10 people now facing charges related to attempting to have sex with a minor, six were charged with trafficking-related offenses and 11 juveniles were recovered.
The other arrests have not been disclosed at this time.
During the monthlong joint operation, organizers also launched an artificial intelligence bot on several emerging online sources of sex trafficking in Chicago, Phoenix, Boston, Seattle and, Minneapolis which appeared to be an advertisement for sex and would interact with johns who showed interest in the ad, according to the Cook County release.
Potential sex buyers who respond with a text message to the number in the fake advertisement interact with the bot, which communicates with them up to the point where the buyer engages in a discussion about the price of sexual acts.
Report by Pete Andrews for MilneNews.Com.
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