A McHenry man was among 14 people arrested this month in connection with a Lake County prostitution sting.
Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force officials joined federal and local agencies in a nationwide operation that targeted customers of prostitutes, known as “johns.”
Undercover police used classified advertising websites to arrange meetups with men in the 4100 block of Fountain Square Place, Waukegan, according to a news release. The men were arrested after offering money to undercover detectives in exchange for sexual acts, the release stated.
A 67-year-old McHenry man, Jackie Joyner, was among the group arrested, according to the release. Joyner, of the 5000 block of Key Lane, is charged in Lake County with solicitation of a sex act – a misdemeanor offense that typically results in less than a year in jail.
Also arrested during the investigation were Martin Barajas, 43, of the 7800 block of 48th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Roberto Lazcon, 29, of the 1000 block of McCalister Avenue, North Chicago; Ricardo Sanchez-Angel, 44, of the 200 block of Grove Street, Mundelein; Cristobal Paniagua Ferreira, 33, of the 1500 block of Wilson Court, Zion; Matthew Weigl, 49,
4100 block of 110th Street, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; Daniel Jones, 26, of the 400 block of Thornwood Drive, Lindenhurst; Aaron Fink, 42, of the
900 block of Gregory Avenue, Wilmette; Juan Galan, 42, of the 300 block of South Lewis Avenue, Waukegan; Leslie Horton, 47, of the 33000 block of North Mill Road, Grayslake; Austin Lind, 31, of the 43000 block of North Kenosha Road, Zion; Robert Prager, 57, of the 600 block of Rockland Road, Lake Bluff; Kyle Brenner, 27, of the 39000 block of North Dilleys Road, Wadsworth; and Rajasekar Chinnathambi-Somanathan, 39, of the 1000 block of Lakehurst Road, Waukegan.
Each man has been given a Feb. 25 court date and was charged with solicitation of a sex act, according to the release.
Nationally, the undercover operation has led to the arrest of more than 9,000 johns and sex traffickers in the past eight years.
“There is no doubt a correlation between ‘johns’ and women being sex trafficked,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said in a statement. “Sex traffickers take women and juveniles to areas where purchased sexual acts are in high demand, and northeastern Illinois is no exception. Our Gang Task Force will do everything they can to rescue and protect those being forced into involuntary servitude.”