The Highland Park Patch article of March 2, 2015, titled “A Growing Problem: Sheriff, Activist Weigh In On Sex Trafficking in Lake County” discusses the issue of sex trafficking in Lake County, as well as efforts being made to curtail its incidence.
The article discusses the impact of the internet on child pornography, pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking.
One excerpt, quoting Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department has been “all over this” issue for a long time, Curran said.
“We’ve had some major stings on Johns for years now,” he said.
Even with an increased number of stings and awareness events, like one planned by the Sheriff’s Department for the College of Lake County in April on the link between pornography and trafficking – law enforcement and activists are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to sex trafficking.
Additional details can be seen in the Highland Park Patch article mentioned above.
Two recent prison sentences given in sex crimes, specifically sexual assaults, serve to further reinforce the inherent possibilities of sexual predators active in online sites and social media.
The May 7, 2014 Chicago Tribune article, titled “Man gets 6 years in prison for 2nd Facebook attack” discusses the alleged sexual assaults of underage girls by Eduardo Patino, 26, of Chicago. At least two of his victims he met through Facebook.
Another Chicago Tribune article of May 8, 2014, titled “Craigslist rapist gets 36 years in prison,” discusses various alleged sexual assaults performed by Charles Oliver, 46, of Woodstock. An excerpt from the article:
Authorities said Oliver had a pattern of meeting women online and agreeing to exchange money for sex with them. But after taking them back to his home, he became threatening, verbally abusive and, in some cases, violent, and forced the women to perform acts to which they had not agreed. He often videotaped these acts.
Additional details and possible updates regarding these cases can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.
How to protect children from online sexual predators is discussed in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) document titled “Preventing the Sexual Exploitation of Children.”
There was an alleged abduction attempt of a woman this morning (April 10, 2014) in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.
According to Chicago Police, the kidnap attempt happened as the woman was walking at Ainsle and Karlov Avenues at approximately 9:20 a.m. At that time, a man got out of the back of a van, walked up to the woman, and grabbed her, ripping her clothes in the process. He attempted to pull her into the van while saying “Come in my car.”
The woman was able to escape from the man.
The alleged assailant is described as a white male, 160 lbs, and 45-55 years old. He is 5’7″-5’8″ tall, with brown eyes, gray hair – with a portion dyed brown – and a trimmed mustache.
The van is described as an older white van with writing on one of its sides, with a ladder attached to its roof with yellow rope.
Those with information concerning the alleged assailant or van are asked to contact Chicago Police Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the April 10, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Police: Man tried pulling woman in to van in Albany Park” as well as the abc7chicago.com article titled “Albany Park attempted kidnapping prompts community alert.”
There was an attempt to abduct a 23-year-old woman in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood on Wednesday night (November 6, 2013.)
The alleged abduction attempt happened as the woman was walking alone in the 2500 block of West 42nd Street at approximately 6:30 p.m. A man driving a pickup truck stopped and attempted to drag her into the truck. The woman was able to break free of his hold, at which point the man drove off in the truck.
The alleged assailant is described by Chicago Police as Hispanic, with a dark complexion; in his mid-40s; and having a dark mustache. During the attack, the man wore a black “skull cap,” a dark “mechanic-style” coat, dirty light-blue jeans, and beige work boots having spots of white paint.
Those with information concerning the abduction attempt or the alleged assailant are asked to call Chicago Police detectives at 312-747-8380.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 7, 2013 DNAInfo.com article titled “Woman, 23, Escapes Abduction Attempt in Brighton Park, Police Say” as well as the November 7 CBS Chicago article titled “Suspect Tries To Abduct Woman In Brighton Park: Police.“
There was an alleged sexual assault of a woman who was jogging in Rainbow Beach Park on Saturday afternoon (September 28, 2013.)
The woman, said to be 24 years old, was jogging along the bike trail. According to Chicago Police, at approximately 12:15 p.m., as the woman was near the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive , a man approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
According to Chicago Police, the suspect is described as a 30-year-old black male, 6’0″-6’5″, with shoulder-length “dreadlocks.” He has a medium complexion. At the time of the sexual assault, he was wearing a red baseball cap, black t-shirt and blue jeans.
Those with information concerning this Chicago sexual assault are asked to call Chicago Police Detectives at (312) 747-8271.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the October 2 DNAInfo.com article titled “Jogger Sexually Assaulted at Rainbow Beach Park, Police Say” as well as the myfoxchicago.com article of October 1 titled “Woman sexually assaulted in Rainbow Beach Park.”