14 arrested for solicitation in northeastern Illinois

    14 arrested for solicitation in northeastern Illinois (MGN)

    A sheriff's gang task force in northeastern Illinois has arrested 14 men on solicitation-of-sex charges.

    A statement Wednesday from the Lake County Sheriff's Office says its gang task force went undercover this month as part of a federal and local law enforcement effort to target customers of prostitutes.

    The arrests came in an online sting that used classified ads and encouraged men to travel to a location in Waukegan. When they arrived and offered money to undercover detectives for sex, they were arrested.

    Sheriff John Idleburg says there's a correlation between those who pay for sex and the "involuntary servitude" of women and girls.

    All the suspects were charged with solicitation of a sexual act, a class-A misdemeanor. They have court dates scheduled for Feb. 25.

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