But, that doesn't stop the police from cracking down.
A quality of life crime "People say it's a victimless crime, and it's not a big deal," says Officer Manny, a beat cop who took part in the District Six sting.
The ratio of number of residents in Champaign to the number of sex offenders is 671 to 1.
Crime in Champaign detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson No representation is made that the persons listed here are currently on the state's sex offenders registry.
Drew Olson and Andy Tarnoff split up to capture every angle of the action, tonight with new friend and driver, Detective Dan, who is a veteran vice squad detective. Roughly two months later, Olson and Tarnoff returned to the same area with members of the vice squad to watch an afternoon sting looking for "johns" before heading to the near North Side to observe a sweep of prostitutes.
He's serving as one of our guides during a memorable tour of a side of the city that many people either don't notice -- or simply don't know exists. "We could be out here just about every day," says Lt.
A police spokesperson said that the department has brought 453 solicitation charges this year.
(In order to protect identities of undercover officers, On won't use the last names or in some cases the real first names of some officers mentioned in this story. Tom Welch didn't mind being identified.) "Just about any time you drive through this area, you'll see prostitutes on the street and guys out looking for prostitutes." Although prostitution is often linked to drug use and other more violent crimes, it seems to rank lower on the public awareness meter / priority scale. Following a three-month period in which Milwaukee police arrested more than 14,000 people, confiscated 752 guns and seized 37 pounds of cocaine this summer, Chief Nan Hegerty recently spoke of a "societal crisis" in the central city.
"We're looking to have a little party at our place over on the East Side. "Uncertain what is going to happen and not wanting to screw up a potential arrest, I slide my left hand under my leg so Shauna can't see my wedding ring. Detective Dan engages Shauna in a discussion / negotiation.
In a few minutes, she agrees to have sex with both of us for . Then he looks at me and says, "Get out and let her sit between us." During afternoon operations on the South Side, police put female decoys out on the street and wait for johns to approach them. The female officers are not equipped with microphones or radio transmitters and almost always unarmed.
All names presented here were gathered at a past date.
Some persons listed might no longer be registered sex offenders and others might have been added.