9 arrests in Chicago sex trafficking investigation

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Posted on August 24, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 24 at 12:05 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities in Chicago have arrested nine people following an undercover investigation into sex trafficking of girls and women by alleged gang members.

The investigation was conducted under the provisions of the Illinois Safe Children's Act, which was signed into law last year. It allows for the use of wire taps, which experts say is a new practice for states.

The Illinois law also treats minors arrested for prostitution as victims rather than criminals. They enter the child protection system.

Four of those arrested for trafficking are expected in bond court Wednesday.

The Cook County state's attorney's office has planned an afternoon news conference to release more details.

The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and federal officials estimate at least 16,000 girls and women are involved in Chicago's commercial sex trade.

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