OTTAWA- The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that nine men have been charged with solicitation after a multi-year investigation into prostitution and drugs in the area. During the investigation involving the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, Peru Police, Ottawa Police and the Tri-Couonty Drug Enforcement Narcotics team, law enforcement spoke to several self admitted female drug users who advised them about the connection between addicts and prostitution.
On March 14th and April 4th in Ottawa and Peru authorities targeted individuals allegedly soliciting another individual for sexual acts. After gathering statements and reviewing evidence, nine men from three counties aged 18-66 were charged with one count of misdemeanor solicitation. One of the men was additionally charged with misdemeanor charges of attempted solicitation and battery. Sheriff Templeton stated that the women involved may not have been in the sex trade by choice, but rather struggling with substance abuse and addiction and are attempting to fuel a devastating drug habit. All of those charged were issued court dates with a notice to appear.