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Friday, May 22, 201530-year-old man is facing charges of promoting prostitution following an investigation by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Vice Unit, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Madison ReedMadison Reed, of the 1800 block of S. Hamlin Street in Chicago, was charged with one count of promoting prostitution on Wednesday, May 20, his birthday.

He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing today on the promoting prostitution charge at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.

On April 30, a Sheriff's Police undercover officer responded to an ad posted on In recent years, Backpage’s “adult services” page has emerged as the most prominent facilitator and profiteer of human trafficking and prostitution in the United States, with Sheriff Dart frequently calling on legislators to amend the federal law that allows Backpage’s owners to claim immunity for this criminal activity.

The undercover officer arranged a "date" with the woman in the ad at a hotel in downtown Chicago while the NFL draft was in town. Upon offering sex acts for money, the victim was taken into custody with the goal of transitioning her into treatment and investigating for signs of sex trafficking.

Further investigation revealed that Reed had been profiting off of the victim's prostitution.

During the investigation, officers learned that Reed also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. He is currently being held without bond at the Cook County Jail on that charge.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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