Category: Arizona

Former Maricopa County Sheriff’s detective arrested during child sexual exploitation, sex trafficking sting operation

Former detective Christopher Butts, along with five other men, were arrested following a months-long operative against child sex crimes.
PHOENIX — A former detective with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is accused of trying to entice a minor for sex for the second time this year.
The arrest came after a month-long sting operation to catch sexual predators in a joint law enforcement operation called “Operation Home Alone 2” in Pinal County.
“Operation Home Alone 2” was designed as a proactive operation to combat child sexual exploitation and child sex trafficking. Between Aug. 26 and Sept. 3 multiple arrests were made as a result.

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Mesa police arrest 8 in undercover child sex crime operation

PHOENIX — Mesa police arrested eight suspects as part of an undercover operation targeting child sex crimes and human trafficking, the department announced Thursday.
Operation Vampire Cough had officers and undercover detectives placing advertisements on websites commonly used by individuals to seek out illegal sex acts.
Suspects solicited or made deals for various child sex acts and were subsequently arrested, the department said.

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Human smugglers in Tucson

Tucson, Arizona — The Tucson Police Department is raising awareness about the global crisis of human and sex trafficking with the help of Faith, a young woman who was trafficking for 7 years by the MS-13 gang. “I never learned to read, or write, and now I am going to classes to get my GED,” Faith said. “I want to become a social worker so I can help other victims.”

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Arizona AG awards grant money to help human trafficking victims

Phoenix, Arizona– The Office of the Arizona Attorney General awarded $275,000 to local organizations that provide support to human trafficking survivors. The grants, spread across four organizations, are expected to help about 150 individuals. The Phoenix area is expanding emergency and long-term housing options for victims of trafficking. “Now more than ever, we must ensure that this vital property and the resources it provides are available to those who need it,” Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring, the chair of the city’s human trafficking task force, said in the release.

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27 men arrested in metro Phoenix undercover child sex crime sting

In Phoenix, Arizona 27 men have been arrested this month through Operation Silent Predator. Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Chandler police worked with Homeland Security Investigations and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office on the undercover operation. January 13, officers and detectives began placing ads on websites which are known to predators. The men ages differ from 21 to 69.

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Owner of Mesa youth soccer team accused of sex trafficking children

Felipe Pina, 28 of Mesa, AZ. is facing six counts related to child prostitution, according to court documents. Those counts include permitting a minor in his custody to engage in prostitution, receiving a benefit for placing a minor in the custody of someone for prostitution and transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution. The boys he had contact with were between the ages of 11-15 yrs. old.

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Prostitution fines will benefit human trafficking victims.

The Phoenix City Council Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance that imposes new fees for soliciting prostitution on offenders who have been convicted more than once. Because there is often a link between prostitution and human trafficking, resources collected from the fines will be used to benefit victims.

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