LAKEMOOR – A Lakemoor man was among seven people arrested Monday as part of a nationwide operation targeting individuals who authorities said solicited prostitution.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force went undercover and arrested the men as part of a federal and local campaign against prostitution and sex trafficking, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Covelli said Tuesday.
Police found the men through websites that allow members to post items and services for sale, Covelli said. Each of the seven men arrived individually in the 4100 block of Fountain Square Place, Waukegan, and offered money to the undercover detectives in exchange for sex.
They were arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office Tuesday.
Charged with solicitation of a sex act in connection with the investigation are Evelio Marquez, 55, of the 1000 block of 67th Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Jeremy P. Hoen, 29, of the 2900 block of Dominion Lane, Lakemoor; Luis Lopez-Arellano, 32, of the 42300 block of Delany Road, Zion; Raymond Berger, 33, of the
21500 block of West Nielson Drive, Lake Villa; Luis E. Cardenas, 48, of the 2600 block of Peppertree Lane, Waukegan; Dionicio S. Pott, 37, of the 400 block of Hull Court, Waukegan; and Elmer E. Rosales, 54, of the 700 block of Center Street, Waukegan, according to the sheriff’s office.
In the past seven years, police have arrested 8,000 total “Johns” and sex traffickers as a result of the nationwide effort, according to the release.
“Investigating human trafficking is one of the top priorities of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force,” Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said in a statement. “Prostitution often involves human trafficking and juvenile sex trafficking, which is exactly why we conduct these investigations.”
Each of the men is scheduled for a court appearance March 12.