Oak Park sex trafficker given 21 years

Man convicted on five counts of facilitating prostitution with minors

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park man will spend the next 21 years in a federal prison after being convicted of sex trafficking several Chicago children from 2014 to 2016, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Allen Young, 53, was convicted earlier this year on five counts of sex trafficking and one count of attempted sex trafficking.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Young took photographs of his victims and posted them online in ads offering commercial sex.

He drove them to meet with those responding to the ads and then pocketed some of the money. In some cases, Young made the victims have sex with him. Some of the girls were as young as 15, according to the Department of Justice press release.

Young was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang, who also ordered him to pay his victims $37,750 in restitution.

The case was investigated by the FBI Chicago Child Exploitation Task Force, which was assisted by the Chicago Police Department.

Victims of sexual exploitation are encouraged to contact that National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or online at http://www.missingkids.com.

tim@oakpark.com

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