Superbowl Mega sting Nearly 600 john arrests

A two-week nationwide sex trafficking sting that coincided with the Super Bowl snared several hundred men seeking to buy sex, and almost two dozen pimps.
A total of 570 would-be “johns”—men who hire prostitutes—and 23 pimps were arrested during the annual “National Day of Johns” sting orchestrated by Cook County, Ill. Sheriff Thomas Dart, which involved 37 law enforcement agencies in 17 states.

Around two-thirds (64%) of the “johns” arrested for soliciting prostitutes were answering fake Backpage.com ads, and 7% were responding to fake Craigslist ads. Almost 3,000 would-be purchasers of sex have been arrested in nine similar operations since the program was started in 2011, but Sheriffs said the 2015 sting was the largest and most successful yet.

“Law enforcement is beginning to realize that arresting the girls over and over again is never going to effectively address prostitution,” said Sheriff Dart. “If there were no johns, there would be no prostitution. It’s not a victimless crime and johns need to be held responsible for their role in exacerbating the sex trade.” 68 victims were recovered in this sting, including 14 juveniles.

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Around two-thirds (64%) of the “johns” arrested for soliciting prostitutes were answering fake Backpage.com ads, and 7% were responding to fake Craigslist ads

As the New England Patriots were celebrating their thrilling Super Bowl XLIX win Sunday night, law enforcement around the nation were observing a more somber victory.

At least 570 would-be sex buyers (or johns) and 23 so-called sex traffickers -- men taken into custody on charges of pimping, trafficking or promoting prostitution -- were taken off the streets in the "National Day Of Johns Arrests" effort, Illinois' Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Monday.

The nationwide sex-trafficking sting operation, led by the Cook County Sheriff's Department, ran from Jan. 15 to Feb. 1.

“Sex trafficking continues to destroy countless lives, and this broad national movement should send a strong message to prospective johns that their ‘hobby’ is much more than a ‘victimless’ crime,” Dart said in a statement. “It?s particularly meaningful that this sting culminated on the day of the Super Bowl, which unfortunately has emerged as a prominent haven for sex trafficking."

Experts like Bradley Myles, CEO of the anti-trafficking organization Polaris Project, have noted "there isn't much evidence linking the Super Bowl to a major rise in trafficking," while others point out that sex trafficking is a problem that persists not only during the Super Bowl, but year-round in communities of all sizes.

"We're trying to raise awareness best we can," Cook County Sheriff spokesman Ben Breit told The Huffington Post, explaining that the timing of the sting is largely symbolic. "Tying it to the Super Bowl is a helpful way to accomplish that."

Dart's office started the first such operation in 2011. The 2015 installment is the largest yet, comprising roughly 70 jurisdictions in 17 states, including Nevada, Arizona and Massachusetts.

On Monday, the Cook County Sheriff's office said 54 women and 14 juveniles nationwide were "rescued" (taken into custody but connected with mental health, drug abuse, domestic abuse and other services).

Other highlights of the operation included Phoenix police recovering several women who said they had been trafficked in for the Super Bowl. Cincinnati police also arrested a pair of sex traffickers who had been using public computers at a local library to post prostitution ads online, according to a release. Las Vegas Police, meanwhile, took a man into custody who was facing federal human trafficking charges in Ohio; they also arrested a john on probation for rape.

The majority of the busts were made through "dates" arranged on the classified ad site, Backpage.com (and to a lesser extent, Craigslist). Dart said Backpage.com has for years been known as the leading online marketplace for prostitution,  bringing in millions of dollars a month. Backpage's exact revenue is unknown, but in 2013, classifieds analyst company AIM Group estimated Backpage's take was $4.2 million in a single month.

Backpage.com general counsel Liz McDougall told The Huffington Post via email:


We stand firm in our belief that a domestic website that combats child sex trafficking domestically in collaboration with law enforcement is far more beneficial to victims than driving the problem to underground and offshore sites. And we remain committed to effective measures of prevention and successful prosecution of this heinous crime.
Dart acknowledges his anti-trafficking and prostitution efforts have their critics -- primarily people who think law enforcement are merely criminalizing a transaction that should have long ago been legalized. But whether the crime is called sex trafficking, pimping or prostitution, Dart says he sees "no distinction."

"That's always been a tough one for me," Dart told The Huffington Post. "How is it any different when a man who gives a woman food or shelter, or coerces her with drugs or abuse, than when someone is brought in from outside the country.'"

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Uz guyz are warned about BP

Nice to see Chicago has solved all the murders and now can focus on less serious crimes Phone Post 3.0

Good thing I already know my local CMT's by name/face. Phone Post 3.0

John Dougherty - Nice to see Chicago has solved all the murders and now can focus on less serious crimes Phone Post 3.0


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heres Phoenix ^

Mr Spliff - Ya, this exactly what I want my tax dollars going too... Phone Post 3.0
I agree, it's great to get some of these women and children that had been forcibly sold into slavery off of the streets. Some who are run aways, some who were promised a new life in the USA and then sold when they got off the boat.

I'm sure many of the families will be happy to have their loved ones back. Phone Post 3.0

Mr Spliff - Ya, this exactly what I want my tax dollars going too... Phone Post 3.0
Exactly, wtf... Phone Post 3.0

Why is this a thing?


Prostitution and fighting the Redskins name is apparently what occupies the governments time and my money.

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Crashdt -
Mr Spliff - Ya, this exactly what I want my tax dollars going too... Phone Post 3.0
I agree, it's great to get some of these women and children that had been forcibly sold into slavery off of the streets. Some who are run aways, some who were promised a new life in the USA and then sold when they got off the boat.

I'm sure many of the families will be happy to have their loved ones back. Phone Post 3.0
Oh please... These ho's make bank Phone Post 3.0

That much money to stop adults from having sex. Kids don't have books and all that sad shit man. Phone Post 3.0

They should just let a brother bust a nut Phone Post 3.0

Warren Sapp wuz there too Phone Post 3.0

John Dougherty - Nice to see Chicago has solved all the murders and now can focus on less serious crimes Phone Post 3.0
This. I'm just glad that the government cares enough about me to not let me spend my money on fucking another consenting adult. Phone Post 3.0

LOL@America...(again)

Good to see that the police are investing resources which would otherwise be wasted solving murders and arresting violent criminals.