- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A sting operation involving law enforcement agencies in 17 states resulted in the arrests of nearly 600 men on charges of soliciting sex.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office said Monday that the operation began Jan. 15 and ended Sunday.

Dart launched the operation in 2011 and since then there have been more than 2,900 alleged sex solicitors who have been arrested.

During this latest operation another 23 suspects were arrested and charged with pimping, sex trafficking or promoting prostitution. Many suspects were arrested after answering online classified ads. Dart says part of the reason for the program is to highlight the role the websites play in prostitution.

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