Police use sex trade's own online tactics to arrest hundreds

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Posted: Feb 03, 2015 7:17 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois sheriff says a sting that led to nearly 600 arrests for soliciting prostitution was successful because investigators used the same technology the sex trade has increasingly relied on.

Nearly 450 of the men arrested were responding to ads that detectives posing as prostitutes posted online.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart discussed the operation Tuesday. This year's was the ninth since Dart launched it four years ago, and it was the largest yet.

The sting lasted about two weeks and involved 37 law enforcement agencies in 17 states. It ended on Super Bowl Sunday.

Dart says he developed the operation because more and more prostitutes and pimps conduct their business online. He says investigators had to change their tactics to have an effect on the illegal business.