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 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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