Commercial sex trade allegations lead to closure of 2 Rockford lingerie shops

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UPDATE (WREX) — A news release from the Rockford Police Department say both buildings were investigated today because of information the department had received regarding alleged illegal commercial sex trade at Chantilly Lace and Exclusive Lingerie Boutique.

Search warrants were served at both locations Thursday afternoon.  Several adult women, who were employees of the businesses, were detained and questioned by investigators according to Rockford Police. No one was charged.

“The City takes allegations 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 in news release Thursday night. “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.”

Despite no arrests being made Thursday, Rockford Police say the investigation is ongoing. Multiple code violations were noted a both businesses, which you can read more about in our initial story below.

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Afternoon raids at two Rockford lingerie shops leads to both buildings being shut down and condemned by the City of Rockford.

The raids, which took place late Thursday afternoon, took place at Chantilly Lace at 106 7th Street and the Exclusive Lingerie Boutique at 77 7th Street.

Rockford Police were seen going in and out of both buildings, however, no details have been released form police as to why the raids took place.  We do expect more information from Rockford Police soon.

Two signs were posted on both buildings following the raids citing multiple code violations.  The violations listed on the doors were in relation to the Adult Entertainment License for both businesses.  The violations listed included “Access,” “Construction” and “Posting of prices.”

The sign also states that both businesses and their respective “license holders” are required to appear for a public hearing. Both hearings are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 31 at Rockford City Hall.  Robert Smith is listed as the license holder of Chantilly Lace and Ruth Miller at the Exclusive Lingerie Boutique.

You can read the full notice posted on both buildings in the photo gallery at the bottom of this story.

The other signs on both buildings show each have been condemned by the City of Rockford, calling them “dangerous and unsafe to occupy.”  The reasons listed for the condemnations at both buildings included “open sewer,” “electrical hazard” and other violations.

Josh Morgan

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