Internet-based prostitution operation nets four arrests

Online Staff Report

In the evening hours of Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Rockford Police Department District 2 Neighborhood Response Unit conducted an undercover prostitution detail targeting Internet-based prostitution operations. During the detail, the officers established a fictitious Internet-based advertisement for prostitution, which generated a significant number of contacts with men seeking to engage in prostitution. Undercover officers also responded to Internet-based advertisements and targeted women engaged in prostitution.

During the operation, the following arrests were made:

Allen Eldridge — 38, Rockford, charged with soliciting for a prostitute;

Jason Jones — 44, Rockford, charged with soliciting for a prostitute;

Lea Brown — 32, Rockford, charged with prostitution; and

Janice Schweitzer — 31, Rockford, charged with prostitution.

The Rockford Police Department recognizes the importance of focusing on both street-level and behind-the-scenes prostitution activities, such as Internet-based prostitution, and will continue to focus resources to combat this problem.

Individuals considering engagement in these activities should heed notice that the City of Rockford does not tolerate this behavior.

Anyone with information regarding prostitution or human trafficking activities should contact the Rockford Police Department at (815) 987-5824 or CrimeStoppers at (815) 963-7867.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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