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Human Trafficking Task Force arrests 4 men during prostitution sting in Crystal Lake

(Top row, left to right): Lawrence Allen and Jeffrey Fuka. (Bottom row, left to right): Mahirul Chowdhury and Christopher Rios.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, which is made up of area police departments, arrested four men following a prostitution sting in Crystal Lake.

Lawrence Allen, of Algonquin, Jeffrey Fuka, of Algonquin, Christopher Rios, of Elgin, and Mahirul Chowdhury, of Arlington Heights, were all charged with solicitation of a sex act, a Class A misdemeanor.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally announced the arrests of the four men Friday morning. The sting took place in Crystal Lake in January as part of a nationwide initiative.

The operation was coordinated by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, which is made up of the Algonquin Police Department, Cary Police Department, Crystal Lake Police Department, Huntley Police Department, Illinois State Police, Lake in the Hills Police Department, McHenry City Police Department, and Woodstock Police Department.

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This was the 19th annual nationwide operation of “National Johns Suppression Initiative,” authorities said. A total of 451 ‘Johns’ were arrested by law enforcement agencies across the country.

“Thank you to the police departments that participated in the Taskforce and continue to step up to combat the process of addressing this expansive problem throughout the County,” Kenneally said.

The four men were released after posting bail.

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