In a Valleywide crackdown against prostitution during Super Bowl week and the FBR Open, Phoenix police netted more than 100 arrests of people accused of soliciting sex for money, police said Thursday.
Between Jan. 19 and Saturday, police made 117 arrests, including 60 suspected prostitutes, 45 potential customers and 12 escorts soliciting sex, according to Phoenix police Lt. Bill Schemers.
Some of the arrests included Scottsdale and East Valley residents, but names of those arrested were not released pending whether they complete a first-time offender diversion program, Schemers said.
Schemers said Thursday the sting operation was conducted with 12 police detectives with the assistance of the FBI, and also netted 39 civil violations against nine Valley topless clubs that could lead to more arrests and investigations into at least two clubs, according to Schemers.
Although the Valley’s adult entertainment clubs and escort services experienced an influx of employees arriving from out of town around the time of the Super Bowl, the majority of those arrested were Valley residents, Schemers said.
Some of the exotic dancers were working without required licenses, Schemers said.
The operation focused on areas of the West Valley as well as parts of northeast Phoenix around Cave Creek Road and Bell Road, Schemers said.
Noting that there were no juvenile prostitution arrests during the 15-day crackdown, Schemers deemed the operation a success and said related investigations are ongoing.