20 Charged in Naperville Prostitution Crackdown

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Byline: Josh Stockinger jstockinger@dailyherald.com

Naperville police on Friday announced the arrests of 20 people as part of a nationwide crackdown on prostitution and related crimes.

The arrests coincided with the conclusion of Operation Cross Country V, a three-day initiative involving local, state and federal law enforcement, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Authorities said the effort led to the recovery of 69 children victimized by prostitution as well as the arrests of 884 people, including 99 pimps, in 40 cities.

In Naperville, police said they targeted multiple locations, including two hotels, where prostitution

was suspected.

Cmdr. Gregg Waitkus said officers accompanied by six FBI agents made all 20 arrests between roughly noon and 8 p.m. Nov. 4. In most cases, he said, police learned of scheduled prostitution appointments through

investigative sources.

"Unfortunately, prostitution is not as uncommon as what people think," he said. "And there's other elements with it, from recovering stolen property to possession of drugs."

Those arrested in Naperville and their charges were:

* Lillie Ames, 21, of Chicago, attempted pandering, driving while license suspended;

* Monserrat B. Arreola, 23, of Romeoville, attempted pandering, resisting a peace officer;

* Donesha S. …