Seven people were arrested by police in the Aurora area for allegedly running an online prostitution ring. The sting occurred last Wednesday after undercover officers submitted responses to advertisements in the erotic section of Craigslist and Backpage.
All those caught were arrested and charged with sexual solicitation. The name of the hotel was not released, but a police statement said that it was cooperating with the investigation.
According to NBC Chicago:
Charged were: Gordon Luedtke, 48, of Wayne, IL; Rafael Medrano (aka: Sandra Medrano), 34, of Aurora; Kathleen Szarowicz, 23, of Grandville, MI; Nicole Deuchler, 29, of Aurora; Victoria Clausen, 20, of Romeoville; Heather Kroner, 21, of Van Buren, AR; and Wendy Negron, 34, of Lombard.
Last year, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart took Craigslist to court weeks prior to the Craigslist murder investigation of Philip Markoff, a Boston-area medical found guilty of killing a prostitute he’d found on the site. Dart’s case was thrown out of court.