Prostitution Crackdown

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One crime that just doesn't seem to be getting any better in Rockford is prostitution. In fact, there are more than sixty prostitution complaints filed each month.

That’s more than two complaints a day. Police Chief Chet Epperson asked officers this morning to target prostitutes on a daily basis. The department conducted stings on September 22nd and 29th. Most of the girls were just given verbal warnings, but officers have been told to arrest prostitutes if they're seen on the streets a second time.


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  • by UNKNOWN Location: ROCKFORD, IL on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:35 PM
    a family member of mine has been a prostitute for over 20 years and has been busted twice now for prostitution. Each time her sentencing was less than six months. I have called the cops and caught her on the streets yet the police say they cannot arrest someone for prostitution unless they catch them physically in the act. Not only is that disgusting but why would they wait until that point of most of the prostitutes TELL the police officers that they are prostituting? I need to get my family member help and rehabs and doing time for less than a year is not getting her any help!!!!
  • by unknown on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Prostitution has been an on going problem for years and will continue since warnings are given. Arrest the prostitutes the first time and that will minimize the on going problem. Also, Rockford residents need to report unforceen circumstances as they arrive.
  • by Really? Location: 815 on Oct 13, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Wow, they wasted our tax dollars and our limited force to give out verbal warnings to prostitutes?. Are you kidding me? Why is this being allowed? How many places/people got robbed during these sting ops? Glad I got my FOID.
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      by Brian on Oct 13, 2011 at 09:11 PM in reply to Really?
      yeah, go ahead and shoot and kill someone outside of your property with your FOID card and you will be run into jail as quickly as the next guy. Just because you have your FOID doesnt mean you can walk the streets and shoot people with it since concealed carry hasnt been brought here YET.
  • by Billy Location: 61103 on Oct 13, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    Are you kidding me? Multi-shots fired calls nightly... And we are worried more about this? Let's get our priorities straight! Let's target VIOLENT CRIMES 1st & make this city safe for its residents.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    if they strt busting all othe he's whts my x-wife gonna do for a job ?
  • by hohoho Location: rockford on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    some prominent people like thier prostitutes so they have to warn them or thier gonna give up names and videos
  • by haha on Oct 12, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    I figured it out. He only wants warnings given because he doesn't want the ones he uses to get locked up.
  • by East girls rock Location: Rockford on Oct 12, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    Where are all the East girls going to work now?
  • by Realist Location: Rockford on Oct 12, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    How about the Rockford Police worry about the voilent crimes going on. Such as, robberies, murders etc...before they worry about prostitutes. They aren't hurting anyone but themselves, and c'mon...a verbal warning? Really?
  • by bill on Oct 12, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    Verbal warning? LOL I'm not surprised. This city is a joke & so are the people running it. The officers need to start approaching the 40 or 50 thugs that walk these areas every night. We sure would get alot more guns and drugs off the streets. Alot of these officers don't care. They just wanna get paid & make sure they make it home safe every night.
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