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).
- 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)
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:
- https://gcmaz.com/eight-people-arrested-in-a-prostitution-sting-in-northern-arizona/ (2018)
- https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/jul/14/prostitution-sting-yields-three-arrests-yavapai-co/ (2018)
- https://azdailysun.com/news/year-in-review-a-look-at-local-crime-and-courts/article_c21e4f94-cd10-5595-be61-9d2020afc681.html (2018)
- https://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/news/current-news/item/32246-three-men-arrested-in-prostitution-sting (2018)
- https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/jul/11/former-police-officer-sentenced-minimum-jail-time-/ (2018)
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:
- “Child Prostitution Charges Denied”, Prescott Courier, July 29 1983.
- “Local Man Sentenced”, Prescott Courier, October 14 1983.
- “Prescott Reverend Is Arrested for Investigation of Child-Molestings”, Prescott Courier, September 9 1990.
- “Pastor Indicted on Four Counts of Child Sex Acts”, Prescott Courier, September 18 1990.
- “Former Local Pastor to Be Sentenced in Sex Crimes”, Prescott Courier, June 11 1991.
- “Limiting Liquor, Ladies, Lust and Livestock”, Prescott Courier, September 9 1991.
- “Prescott Prostitute Found Sordid Life Made Fodder for Film”, Prescott Daily Courier, January 13 2002.
- “Police Charge CV Man in Solicitation of Probationer”, Prescott Daily Courier, March 2 2004.
- “Police Arrest PV Man for Prostitution”, Prescott Daily Courier, May 27 2008.
- “Officers Charge Woman with Solicitation of Prostitution”, Prescott Daily Courier, August 2 2008.
- “Public Display Leads to Arrests on Prostitution Charges”, Prescott Daily Courier, July 28 2009.
- “Police Make Arrests in Prostitution Probe”, Prescott Daily Courier, August 6 2009.
- “Police Called after Alleged Sex-for-Money Deal Fails”, Prescott Daily Courier, July 14 2011.
- “‘Cash for Sex’ Sting Gets 7 AZ Men Arrested”, ABC/WNCN-TV 17, April 28 2014.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Suspects Seeking Underage Teens for Sex”, Press Release, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, April 28 2014.
- “Yavapai County Men Arrested during Child Prostitution Sting”, Camp Verde Bugle, April 28 2014.
- “Operation Targets Buyers of Child Prostitution”, FOX/WJBK-TV 2, April 29 2014.
- “Arizona Men Jailed in Yavapai County Underage Sex Sting”, Camp Verde Bugle, July 24 2014.
- “Yavapai Deputies Arrest 2 Men in Luring Case”, FOX/WTVT-TV 13, July 24 2014.
- “7 Men Arrested for Child Prostitution at Yavapai Co. Hotel”, CBS/KPHO-TV 5, August 29 2014.
- “8 Arrested in Yavapai County Child Prostitution Sting”, Arizona Republic, August 29 2014.
- “8 Men Arrested in Yavapai County Prostitution Sting”, ABC/KTVK-TV 3, August 29 2014.
- “Eight Arrested in Yavapai County Prostitution Sting”, NAZ Today, August 29 2014.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Suspects Seeking Underage Teens for Sex”, NBC/KVOA-TV 4, August 29 2014.
- “Eight Arrested in Underage Sex/Prostitution Sting”, Prescott Daily Courier, August 30 2014.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Men Seeking Underage Sex”, Camp Verde Bugle, August 31 2014.
- “Prostitution Sting Nets Men Seeking Underage Sex”, Verde Independent, August 31 2014.
Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:
- “Little Is Known of Early Those ‘Ladies of the Night’; But Prostitutes Were, In Fact, Here”, Prescott Sunday Courier, June 8 1997.
- “History of Prostitution in Prescott Produces Surprises”, Prescott Daily Courier, May 15 2005.
- “Digging Up the Dirt: Prescott’s Red Light District”, Prescott Daily Courier, March 2 2007.