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Police: Elgin woman promoted teen prostitution

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A northwest suburban Elgin woman faces felony charges for promoting the prostitution of a 17-year-old girl, following a three-month undercover investigation conducted by Aurora police.

Gina Carbone, 24, 200 block of Locust Street, was charged on May 3 with felony promoting the prostitution of a minor, felony promoting prostitution and misdemeanor prostitution after she allegedly arranged a sexual tryst at an Aurora hotel with an undercover officer, the Courier News is reporting.

According to court records, investigators met with a confidential source in February who told them that Carbone had been soliciting herself and at least one underage girl via an Internet website. Police located several ads Carbone had placed, and a phone number where she could be reached. A Kane County Judge authorized the use of an eavesdropping device to record conversations between Carbone and an undercover investigator.

During the course of several conversations, the officer posed as a john, and asked Carbone if she could bring a "younger female" to meet him for sex at an Aurora hotel. Records show that Carbone said she knew of several high school girls in her apartment complex who she could ask. On particular 17-year-old girl had worked with her in the past, Carbone told the officer.

Carbone then sent the officer a text message picture of the teenager she had mentioned. Police were able to identify the girl and confirm she was underage.

The officer agreed to pay Carbone $1,500 for a four- to five-hour meeting with herself and the minor girl. Records show that Carbone told the officer that she did not want the minor girl to back out because she needed the money. Carbone also advised the officer not to tell the minor how much money he would be paying for the sexual encounter because Carbone had no intention of sharing the proceeds.

Carbone told the officer that the minor "needed to make some things up to her," and that she would make her pay by having sex with the officer.

These conversations went on for several months before the actual meeting was scheduled to take place. Aurora police arrested Carbone on May 3 while she was in route to a local hotel.

"This case illustrates that human trafficking is not something you just hear about in large, urban areas, but occurs in municipalities of all sizes," said Aurora Police Department Commander Kristen Ziman. "The Aurora Police Department will be vigilant in fighting this despicable crime at all levels."

Carbone has been in jail since her arrest. Her bail was set at $60,000. She has filed a motion to have her bond reduced, calling the amount excessive.

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