Undercover sex trade sting in Rockford nets nine arrests

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Nine people were arrested Thursday in connection to an undercover sex trade string in Rockford.

Courtesy: Rockford Police Department

SCOPE and patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department conducted an undercover operation on Thursday, targeting people who attempted to purchase sex, otherwise known as "Johns."

The following suspects, pictured left to right, were arrested:

Ulysses Alexander, 37, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

Heather Becknell, 48, Rockford (probation violation-warrant)

Jerome Drain, 33, Palatine, Ill. (solicitation of a sexual act)

Andre Lee, 37, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

Al Maher, 34, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

Abel Mauricio-Martinez, 31, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

Amber Morgan 23, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

Jarvis Simpson 24, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

Brandon Tisby, 21, Rockford (solicitation of a sexual act)

In addition to the arrests, police say five vehicles were also impounded.