Eight charged during Aurora prostitution sting
By Erika Wurst email@example.com February 6, 2014 3:22PM
Updated: March 8, 2014 6:27AM
Aurora police charged eight men with soliciting a prostitute during an undercover sting last month as part of a nationwide collaboration to curb sex trafficking and prostitution.
“The National Day of Johns Arrests” brought together 27 agencies throughout 15 states from Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, culminating on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Super Bowl is often considered a haven for sex trafficking.
“The National Day of Johns Arrests” sweeps, conceived by Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart in 2011, also target pimps and traffickers who have forced victims into lives of prostitution.
Across the seven operations over a three-year stretch, the collaborative effort has resulted in more than 1,800 arrests.
Charges stemming from the sweeps have included adult and juvenile felony sex trafficking, criminal solicitation of a minor, pimping, promotion of adult and juvenile prostitution and public indecency. In addition to the sex-related arrests, the sweeps yielded charges relating to drug trafficking and possession of illegal firearms.
In Aurora, police made eight solicitation arrests on Jan. 27, following an undercover operation by the department’s Special Operations Group, and police officers from the patrol division. The sting occurred at a East Side motel, and targeted several different Internet sites known for solicitation.
Police said the eight men charged allegedly responded to an ad placed by Aurora police on one of the Internet sites.
The men allegedly offered an undercover female officer money in exchange for sex.
Those charged include: Christopher Johnson, 49, 600 block of Vista Drive, and Clayton Chilvers, 54, 5100 block of Route 34, both of Oswego; Barry Miller, 51,1000 block of Emerald Drive, Aurora; Eric Ingram, 36, of the 400 block of White Oak Drive, Batavia; David Dudgeon, 37, of Westmont; Nikolay Smolin, 36, of Plainfield; Abed H. Khan, 59, of Elk Grove; and John Yednock, 60, of Lisle.
Each man had his vehicle impounded, and had to pay $500 each in order to retrieve it.