An F.B.I. operation in Rockford and Winnebago County designed to find underage victims of prostitution and human trafficking ends in 10 arrests, but interestingly, none of those arrested were underage.
The sting happened on October 13th as a combined effort called ‘Operation Cross Country’ also involving the Illinois State Police, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police, Loves Park Police Department,
Rochelle Police Department, and the Rockford Police Department. Ten arrests were made in all for Prostitution with some facing additional charges. Their names are listed below.
“Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population,” said FBI Director James Comey. “We are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but through our Office for Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves.” The specialized enforcement program is an attempt to cut down on what’s been portrayed as a growing problem nationwide.
The fact that the youngest person arrested was 21-years-of-age may indicate that the human trafficking of minors is not as big a problem in the Stateline area as it is in other parts of the country.
- Stephanie Guerrido, 21, Rockford, IL Charge: Prostitution
- Marie Contreras, 46, Rockford, IL Charge: Prostitution
- Kirbie Sharkey, 28, Rockford, IL Charge: Prostitution
- Jessica Olson , 30, Janesville, WI Charge: Prostitution/Contempt of Court Warrant
- Ronald Coy, 68, South Beloit, IL Charge: Prostitution/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Ashley Graczyk, 30, Machesney Park, IL Charge: Prostitution
- Stephanie Brannan, 28, Rockford, IL Charge: Prostitution/Illinois, Department of Corrections Warrant
- Misty Moline, 37, Rockford, IL Charge: Prostitution
- Sajda Rafequallah, 22, Rockford, IL Charge: Prostitution
- Katie Kratovil, 28, Homeless Charge: Prostitution
Photos of those arrested were not available.