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Judge hands down 24-year sentence to Chicago man for sex trafficking children

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CHICAGO — A judge has handed down a 24-year sentence to a Chicago man who was found guilty of recruiting children to engage in sex acts for money.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, 48-year-old Daryl Arnold, who pleaded guilty to four counts of sex trafficking of a minor in 2022, arranged for four victims, all under 18 years of age, to meet with people to engage in commercial sex acts in the Chicago area. Arnold used websites to advertise the sex acts and find customers and kept half of the proceeds. 

The judge handed down the 24-year sentence on Friday and ordered Arnold to pay $136,700 in restitution to the victims. His prison term will then be followed by 10 years of court-supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Arnold’s arrest came as part of Operation Cross Country XI, the FBI’s annual nationwide effort focused on recovering victims of underage human trafficking.

Since the operations began, 84 sexually exploited juveniles have been recovered and 120 traffickers have been taken into custody. 

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