Authorities announced Monday that four people from Chicago were arrested in a nationwide operation targeting child sex traffickers.
The investigation began in August 2013 when police became aware of the advertisement on the Internet trading site in which the victim was soliciting sex, said Cmdr. Jay Parrott of the Evanston police department.
Law enforcement officials have arrested 150 people across the U.S. for allegedly forcing children into prostitution, following a three-day effort said to be the most comprehensive of its kind in American history.
Three child prostitutes were found and more than 135 people arrested in the Chicago area during a three-day nationwide sting aimed at curbing the exploitation of children through prostitution.
A west suburban man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly forcing a minor into prostitution.
The Chicago FBI says three juveniles – all under the age of 16 – are now in state custody after raids over the weekend removed them from a life of child prostitution.
Three juveniles in the Chicago area were among 69 children across the country recovered by the FBI and local and state authorities over the past 72 hours in a national enforcement action to recover children who have been victimized through prostitution.