Village of Oak Creek, AZ

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Village of Oak Creek is the name commonly used for the community (but its official name is “Big Park”), a census-designated place in Yavapai County, Arizona. Its population is roughly 6,350, and it is located less than 10 miles from Sedona.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and demand reduction tactics used in the town include reverse stings and the disclosure of sex buyer identities. For example, in 2015,  three men were arrested on prostitution charges following a sting in the Village of Oak Creek. The operation launched by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) and other collaborating agencies, and targeted buyers hiring underage or adult teen prostitutes for sex. Law enforcement officers posed as prostituted adults or child sex trafficking victims, and posted online ads to  engage the men.  Those who made arrangements to meet at the a Yavapai County motel room to buy sex were taken into custody and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. One man was charged with engaging in prostitution after allegedly soliciting one law enforcement officer posing as an adult prostitute that he believed to be 19 years of age. One man was was booked into jail on one count of engaging in child prostitution and one count of engaging in prostitution by soliciting two law enforcement officers posing as 17 year old trafficking victims, and 20-year-old “prostitutes.” The third suspect was arrested on charges of engaging in child prostitution by allegedly soliciting a law enforcement officer posing as a 16-year-old trafficked person.  The identities of the arrested men were included in news releases.  YCSO was assisted by the Prescott and Cottonwood police departments, Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission task force , Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking and the Department of Homeland Security.

Key Partners

  • Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
  • Prescott Police Department
  • Cottonwood Police Department
  • Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission task force
  • Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking
  • Department of Homeland Security

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:

State Arizona
Type City
Population 6348
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