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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:57

3 Arrests in Sex Trafficking Investigation Featured

Sgt. Jason Kaufman

Sex Trafficking Investigation results in three arrests and identifies eight victims

On Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at approximately 1144 A.M., Yavapai County Adult probation, with the assistance of the Yavapai County Taskforce “Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking” (PANT) conducted a probation search at 13042 E. Durango Street in Prescott Valley, Arizona after receiving several tips from concerned citizens about suspicious activity, some of which might be possible sex trafficking of young girls.

After Yavapai County adult probation personnel and detectives from the narcotics task force gained entry into the residence in question, numerous marijuana plants were discovered and everyone inside the residence was separated and questioned.

During the questioning of the subjects inside the residence the following information was revealed:

  1. Eight women, under the age of twenty-two were being continuously hired out for sexual acts out of this residence between October 1st, 2015 and September 20th, 2016.

  2. One of the eight women being hired out for sexual acts was identified as seventeen years of age.

  3. Marijuana was being grown inside the residence.

Based on the information received during the probation search, PANT detectives contacted Prescott Valley Police Department detectives who began investigating the sex trafficking aspect of the case.

While Prescott Valley Police Detectives were investigating the case, it was brought to their attention that one of the eight women involved had actually been brought from the east coast across state lines for the purpose of sex trafficking and forced prostitution. The investigation also revealed that the eight women had traveled across state lines for the purpose of sex trafficking and prostitution between State of Arizona and the State of California.

Due to the fact that one woman had actually been brought to Arizona from the east coast for the purposes of being sold for sexual acts, and all of the women involved had been sold for sexual acts in Arizona and California; Prescott Valley Police Detectives contacted the United States Department of Homeland Security (HSI) to assist with the investigation due to jurisdictional concerns. This investigation has resulted in the arrests of three individuals who organized this sex trafficking enterprise in Prescott Valley who have been charged with multiple felony charges. Due to the on-going joint investigation by local and federal agencies, the names of those involved are not being released.

This case is another example of the value of information we receive from our citizens. The crime of sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. It is a crime that is generally considered to occur in large urban cities or in other countries; however, it can happen anywhere as evidenced in this case. All citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to your local police department.

If you see something, say something!

The success of this investigation is due to the cooperative efforts between the Prescott Valley Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and Yavapai County Adult Probation. We are currently working with additional state resources to provide assistance for the victims of this investigation.

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.

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