Sunday, March 08, 2015

FISH IN A BARREL: Teen Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Aragon (Chicago Police Dept)
Chicago police say "numerous CAPS-related complaints from businesses and residents regarding prostitution on Halsted Street" last week led them to address the problem by setting up a "date" with an online escort and arresting him when he showed up.

It seems that if police truly want to crack down on prostitution, they'd set up stings on Belmont anytime the temperature stays above 50 degrees at night. But they don't do that. Ever.

Any who. On to their "response" to those "complaints."

Investigators say they contacted 18-year-old Brandon Aragon via an ad on rentboy.com and he agreed to have sex in exchange for $220. They agreed to meet at 855 W. Addison—directly across the street from the 19th district police station.

According to prosecutors, when Aragon showed up at 6:20PM on March 1, he again offered the $220 sex deal and was promptly arrested.

Aragon, who lives near Midway Airport and has no previous arrests in Cook County, allegedly told police "I have only done this once before. I need to make money to fund my families [sic] insurance." He was released on $120 bond.
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28 comments:

  1. A huge waste of time rather than do something useful about dangerous crime.

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    1. Agreed resources should spent on violent crime and thefts.

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    2. Broken window theory, my friend. It's been proven to work time and time again. I'm thankful SOMETHING is getting done.

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    3. You've got a point, but I'd much prefer the cops stepping it up against the Belmont thug-hookers on the street. Them's some broken windows there, friend.

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    4. Dear Anonymous misinformed poster: please stop repeating yourself about Broken Window policing. This is not an example of broken window policing because it is not a quality of life crime. Jack Maple and Bill Bratton invented it. You should read their books before you post inapplicable cure-alls. Repeatedly

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  2. $120 in hard earned cash for the city, way to go lol.

    Prostitution is a welcome site on Halsted vs. getting robbed or beaten.

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  3. According to prosecutors, when Aragon showed up at 6:20PM on March 1, he again offered the $220 sex deal and was promptly arrested.

    Aragon, who lives near Midway Airport and has no previous arrests in Cook County, allegedly told police "I have only done this once before. I need to make money to fund my families [sic] insurance." He was released on $120 bond.

    And he still came out $100 ahead, got $220 from the police for sex and only had to post $120 for bond......chaaaaching!!!

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  4. THOUSANDS, many thousands, of similarly-aged boys do this in this day and age. It is a way of making money, both parties get what they need, and nobody is the wiser (or hurt). To spend valuable police resources on something like this when thuggings and muggin=gs run rampant in the neighborhood is nothing short of scandalous. And if energy has to be expended on this sort of thing, why aren't the cops along Halsted between Roscoe and Waveland going after the skanky trans-whores who harass people almost every day? I cannot believe someone got up at a CAPS meeting (if in fact this really happened) and kvetched about an online male hustler. He wasn't plying his trade on the street, he was doing it in the privacy of his bedroom most likely. The aforementioned skanks are ON the street, BOTHERING people, yet they will continue to do so while this boy's record is now permanently marred by this "crime."

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    1. I'd like to think you'd feel differently if it were your son subjecting himself to this crap for a few extra bucks.

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    2. His "parents" raised a scumbag. At this point, he is our problem, not theirs.

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  5. "It seems that if police truly want to crack down on prostitution, they'd set up stings on Belmont anytime the temperature stays above 50 degrees at night. But they don't do that. Ever." - Voulgarus has told me several times they would step it up but they never do. Tis' the season for the Sheffield/Belmont thug hookers to return.

    I don't see a problem with the behind private doors consensual agreements necessarily but the street "ladies" along Belmont rob people and attack people quite often. Threatening to stab people is their favorite line. Trust me, I've seen it.

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  6. Err exactly how do businesses complain about prostitution that's arranged online, escort style? Just seems like you took some guy in poor circumstance and threw him in even worse circumstance.

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  7. fund his healthcare... Thanks Obama :-)

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  8. Have the officers on this case work the Belmont station in uniforms. Seems like a better use of officers then

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  9. 98 escorts on Rentboy in Chicago and they pick ONE to sting? LOL, Ohhhkay

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  10. I know one thing for sure...THAT is not worth $220.

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  11. This is same boy who always tricked with older dudes from of the center on halsted all summer long in our alley. Called many times on him during Market days. Just because we don’t live Hellmont avenue doesn’t mean our problems don’t deserve attention. Isn’t the site called CWB? there is more to boystown then just Belmont! Its been nice not having to sweep his used condoms and lube packages since this winter kept him away. Guess his folks or anyone in his life never told him what he was doing was wrong. Maybe he can finally get some help and treatment with a wake up call and stay away this summer. No one gives a rats behind here except us who have to pick up his biohazard products in the alley behind Kit Kat. Will you volunteer?

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    1. "Called many times on him during Market days." I think "911" is missing from that sentence. I think.

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  12. Looks like he has a nice cold sore on his bottom lip that will be the gift that keeps giving on the dicks of the guys that were dumb enough to pay $220 for that lol.

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    1. That's now how herpes works, but OK.

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  13. They call it transference. since the cops have been given the mandate NOT to arrest real criminals, they are going after the "hard" criminals like jay walkers and rent boys.

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  14. In addition to the seemingly ever-present trans hookers that use the COH as an unfettered home base, one can stroll along Halsted in the late afternoon and see their decidedly male counterparts plying their wares right there on the street. They're typically young looking Latin guys like Brandon here, but I've seen a few rough looking white boys as well. To me it's clear what they're up to after living in Boystown for so long. They travel alone, usually walking up and down the strip in between lingering in doorways near Little Jim's, Progress Bar and anywhere else that draws older, retired gay men during the day.

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    1. There are three or four of these young Latino boys who ply their trade along Halsted, mostly in the 3300, 3400, and 3500 blocks. One in particular is noted for his, um, "wares" for sale, and formidable they are, indeed, from what I've heard and from what I've seen online (but not on rentboy). OK, fine. Gotta earn a buck somehow, I guess. But when they "do it" with their clients in alleyways, under my front porch, behind my house, and especially in that little alcove behind the car repair place and the Chicago Diner and leave their rubbers, lubes, and poppers bottles laying around, well, that's just tired and tacky, and needs to be cleaned up. ["Cleaned up" as in, clean up your act, boys, don't leave those items out in the first place. We don't want/need them."]

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  15. The fact that 19th District Police are targeting hooker ads on RentBoy is actually major news; if this story gets additional visibility it will cause RentBoy hookers to not accept new clients who live in the gayborhood. However it's no surprise with the continued de-gayification of Boystown-- first a Walmart and coming soon a Children's Learning Place at 3532 N Halsted; what was once a vibrant, original Chicago treasure continues to be castrated and inch closer and closer to resembling suburbia...

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    1. Yes, prostitution is a rich part of the homosexual experience. We shouldn't discourage young people from choosing this rewarding career. Otherwise, we're the suburbs, and we should just burn down the whole neighborhood.

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    2. Boystown hasn't been a gay ghetto since the late 1990s when I started hanging out there as a baby gay. While the "whitewashing" and corporatization of the neighborhood is unfortunate, it sounds awfully hypocritical to wine about straight people inhabiting it. Time to evolve.

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    3. I just hope Andersonville stays the same. We have plenty of bars, but we avoid the party atmosphere of Boys Town. Plus, we already have our share of panhandlers.

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    4. I just hope you're not serious. Andersonville was a sleepy near-suburb full of lesbians ("Girlstown") until about 7 years ago. Then thirty-something gay men started migrating there from Boystown in droves. Ever been past SoFo on a Sunday afternoon? You've also got Replay, Elixir and who knows what else opening up there soon, so good luck avoiding the "party atmosphere" you have such a disdain for.

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