314 ‘Johns’ arrested in sting targeting sex traffickers

In hotels and brothels, and via the Internet over a 10-day period ending Monday night, 314 “johns” were arrested and charged in a multi-state effort targeting sex traffickers.

It’s the result of the second “National Day of Johns Arrests,” following the momentum of last year’s Columbus Day weekend pilot sweep of “johns,” according to the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office.

The FBI Chicago Division, Aurora police, Elgin police and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office were some of the local law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.

“Large sporting events such as the Super Bowl bring out competitiveness in all of us — including, unfortunately, pimps and sex traffickers,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in the release. “In the days leading up to and including Super Bowl Sunday, my office coordinated with 19 other law enforcement agencies from around the country to send a strong message that our communities refuse to tolerate the sale of human beings for sex.”

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