Prescott Valley, AZ

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Prescott Valley is a town located in Yavapai County, Arizona about 8 miles east of Prescott, with a population of about 44,500 residents.  Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates results in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses.  Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is sex trafficking.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. To identify and apprehend local sex buyers driving the prostitution and sex trafficking markets, local and state law enforcement agencies have conducted reverse stings.

For example, in March 2018, eight people were arrested in a prostitution sting in a multi-agency investigation. Officials with the Flagstaff and Prescott Valley police departments, along with the FBI, conducted a one-day undercover operation. Investigators focused on people paying to have sex with minors, under the age of 16. All of the arrests involved made arrangements for specific sex acts that would be conducted with minors in the sting. Undercover officers fielded over 100 calls and inquiries from suspects with a large number declining upon learning the age of the girls. The goal of the investigation was to abate local child prostitution and prostitution in general that is organized through the internet.

In July 2018, the Prescott Valley Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit collaborated with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (Yavapai County’s Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission / GIITEM) to conduct a prostitution sting that yielded the arrest of three individuals who were all transported and booked into the Yavapai County Detention Facility for the charge of solicitation of prostitution (ARS13-3214A / a misdemeanor).

Key Partners

  • Prescott Valley Police Department
    • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Yavapai County’s Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM)
  • Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
  • Prescott Police Department
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:

Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:



State Arizona
Type City
Population 44466
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