Bail was set at $250,000 today for a 24-year-old south suburban man charged with prostituting a 17-year-old girl.
A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led police to the man, who was advertising juvenile prostitution online, officials said.
The Cook County Sheriff's Police Vice Unit followed a tip about a missing 17-year-old girl, and an investigation revealed internet ads for prostitution that included pictures of the missing teen, according to a press release issued Friday by the Cook County sheriff's office.
Police arrested Neal E. Price, 24, of Olympia Fields. The missing teen was with Price when he was arrested, the release said.
Price was making more than $1,000 per day for several weeks from setting up so-called dates for both the 17-year-old and for a 19-year-old woman, said Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Brian Casey on Saturday. Casey said both victims gave written statements to prosecutors explaining Price’s business.
Price admitted to police that he was “pimping the girls out,” Casey said, but he said he believed the minor was an adult.
Sheriff's police also found a fully-loaded semi-automatic pistol in the trunk of Price's car, the release said. Exactly where he was arrested was not released.
Price has been charged with promoting juvenile prostitution, promoting prostitution, possession of a firearm without a valid gun card and possession of ammunition, according to the release.
Bail was set Saturday in Bond Court.
Tribune reporters Deanese Williams-Harris and Michelle Manchir contributed.