Demand for paid sex causes exploitation in Chicago suburbs
CHICAGO- Sex trafficking is a local problem, and today Alex Campbell was convicted in a federal trial for selling women and girls out of a massage parlor in the Chicago suburb of Mt. Prospect. The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation applauds this victory and urges the community to hold purchasers (johns) accountable for buying sex and fueling the sex trade.
Campbell recruited and prostituted women using force, fraud and coercion and had his name tattooed on their bodies to claim his ownership. “This conviction will send a strong signal to other traffickers that Illinois will not tolerate these crimes,” said Lynne Johnson, policy and advocacy director for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. “The people who bought sex from these trafficked women and girls were fueling their exploitation. A coordinated effort must be made to hold purchasers accountable for the harm they cause,” Johnson said.
Using the internet, johns can quickly easily seek out prostituted women at venues across Chicagoland, and they face very few deterrents to this crime. In a study of 113 men who bought sex, CAASE learned that 83% of men bought sex in indoor venues like massage parlors and bars, and only 7% of those johns had ever been arrested. Read more from the study here.
CAASE is the lead agency for End Demand Illinois, a statewide campaign to hold pimps, johns and sex traffickers accountable. End Demand Illinois advocates for new tools and resources for law enforcement to investigate and convict traffickers, pimps, and the people who are buying sex. Simultaneously, the campaign works to support the development of a statewide infrastructure of supportive services for people who have been prostituted or trafficked.
The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation is committed to building a global community free from sexual exploitation. It is founded on the belief that all forms of sexual exploitation – including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade – are detrimental to a healthy society and undermine the dignity of all people.
To learn more, visit www.caase.org and www.enddemandillinois.org or call (773) 244-2230 ext. 3.