Prostitution Moves from the Streets to the Internet in Rockford

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Prostitution has moved from street corners to websites. 23 News has been investigating just how common online prostitution is locally.

Craigslist got in trouble for its adult content and ads for prostitution but that hasn't stopped other sites from picking up where Craigslist left off. In Rockford alone there are about twenty online postings every day for sex on backpage.com.

It’s almost like yelp or Angie's list for prostitution. The so-called "Johns Boards" review the girls and tell others what services they got and if they were any good.

The actual prostitution takes place at hotels and massage parlors but not on the street and in the back of cars anymore. In some ways it's a safer way to do business, but to tackle the problem experts say law enforcement can't just arrest the girls. It needs to focus on the pimps and the buyers that drive from miles around to come to Rockford for sex.

An ordinance went into effect early this year that allows the police to impound cars that are involved in sex-related crimes. Since January they have picked up more than twenty cars.

Just last week the Rockford Police conducted a prostitution sting. They arrested four men who were allegedly buying sex. All of their cars were impounded.


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  • by SERIOUSLY on Sep 30, 2011 at 08:45 PM
    Seriously you have to be kidding me this is a problem not only does it take place in massage parlors and hotels its happening right next door all day/night when there's prostitution there's drugs when there's drugs there's thieves how is this not a problem? The prostitution that's going on next door is so obvious that when she has a "customer" her boyfriend waits outside of there apt, something needs to be done there's kids in this neighborhood and its just not right.
  • by SERIOUSLY on Sep 30, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Seriously you have to be kidding me this is a problem not only does it take place in massage parlors and hotels its happening right next door all day/night when there's prostitution there's drugs when there's drugs there's thieves how is this not a problem? The prostitution that's going on next door is so obvious that when she has a "customer" her boyfriend waits outside of there apt, something needs to be done there's kids in this neighborhood and its just not right.
  • by jackie ryan Location: rockford il on Sep 30, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    yes i agree with you all and i have a freind that is an escort on backpage and due to our economy and jobs being picky about work experience some of the girls have no choice. some girls are not drug addicts and do not have pimps like they think they do. my girlfreind had two job interviews and claims taxes under self employment for the escorting every year. and at the job interviews they want work experience and expect you to have an education and wants to ask you questions like your applying for management when your just simply applying for a casheir or crew member job. being an at home mom is not considered a job and it should be considering us woman are not supposed to work and most moms are single mothers now a days. my girlfreind has children to raise and their are no jobs for her to go to and she really wants to work. if they want the girls to find another source of income while times are rough during this economy they should provide services to help them get jobs. some girls are even escorting to pay for their colledge. my girlfreind gave up on getting a job and is studying for ged and escorting instead cause she an at home mom for years and daddy left. she cannot get a job cause she has no work experience. daddy supported them and now he is gone. so the cops are retarted cause they are not girls with needles and crack and pimps in their lives like they think they are. they are hurting the girls and breaking up families by arresting them instead of making services and giving them the choice to get help if they want it. this world is to quick to judge instead of helping people. the town just wants money and more busts to make themselves look good.they do not care about the girls at all or whether or not they screw the ones that do have families.
  • by natasha Location: mach park on Sep 30, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    I feel like this is not as important as the problems that don't get Air time on the news.. we have so much violence/drugs/abuse Going on in rockford and the surrounding areas.. this should be the last thing on our minds, sorry. If they chose to sell themselves for money .. that's their choice.. Like Dave said 'nobody is getting killed over it', yet.
  • by Bill Location: Rochelle on Sep 30, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    I wish there were more hookers out there i love em pay em and they leave perfect transaction
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    What if you take the city bus to the location?
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Sep 30, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Impounding cars in this instance really has no legal basis. Its just the thugs trying to steal what they can in any given situation. I suppose if it was a bicycle they would not be interested as there is no value.
  • by dave Location: mp on Sep 29, 2011 at 11:35 PM
    why are police so worried about this when there is more important things that need more attention like all the shootings and places getting robbed all the time. to me they need to keep stuff like that controled more than prositution. yes its against the law but right nobody is getting killed over it. drugs and gangs are more worse than this will ever be.
  • by Doug Location: Rockford on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Victimless crime focus on the real problems in this town
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