A months-long investigation into the illegal sex trade ends in a pair of Rockford businesses being shut down.
Over the past several months, the Rockford Police Department says it received several complaints about alleged illegal commercial sex trade at Chantilly Lace, 106 7th Street, and Exclusive Lingerie Boutique, 77 7th Street.
After obtaining a warrant, officers raid both businesses Thursday afternoon. Police say investigators detained and questioned several adult female employees. No one has been charged with a crime. Investigators say the investigation is ongoing, and when complete, charges will be filed if appropriate.
Code violations were found at both businesses and as a result, the businesses were shut down.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara weighed in on the closures, saying in a statement, “The City takes allegation of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation seriously and will investigate to the full extent of the law utilizing all tools available to the City,” said Mayor Tom McNamara. “We have received numerous allegations on these two businesses, which resulted in the action taken today. If you are going to come to Rockford to purchase illegal sexual conduct, it will not be tolerated.”