COOK COUNTY, Ill. – 24 men were arrested on Thursday in a stab operation in the Leyden community area.
Police officers from the Cook County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit set up a barbed operation in an area frequented by people wanting to buy sex.
During the operation, authorities said 24 men reached out to undercover members of the team asking for sex for money.
After they were arrested, each man was charged with $ 1,000 for violating Cook County’s Public Morals Ordinance, officials said.
In addition, one of the men was arrested on a pending arrest warrant for bodily harm from DuPage County.
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Nineteen vehicles were also towed under the regulation. Every vehicle owner must pay $ 500 to reclaim ownership of their vehicle, authorities said.
As part of their ongoing strategy to reduce the demand for sex trafficking, more than 200 people were arrested and fined this year.