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PD: Suspected pimps arrested in 3-day sex sting

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Dorsey Charles Jones; Collin Asair Weaver; Philip Brian Gamble; Noah Benitez Johnson Dorsey Charles Jones; Collin Asair Weaver; Philip Brian Gamble; Noah Benitez Johnson
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Valley law enforcement agencies are cracking down on sex trafficking. More than a dozen suspected pimps have been arrested in a 3-day sex sting.
    
FOX 10'S Mia Garcia was the only TV news reporter allowed to go along with the Vice Unit as they busted the suspects.

Suspected pimps were taken down by undercover Phoenix Police detectives and some of them posed as prostitutes to get a look behind the scenes.

Detectives were online, logged into social media sites and waiting for pimps to try to lure them into prostitution.

"The pimps are where the kids are, just like any other predators are," said an undercover Phoenix Police Vice Unit detective.

Pimps commonly send online messages to detectives posing as women down on their luck or naive underage girls.

"It used to be they hang out at the mall or they go to the bus stops, now they're on the internet," said the undercover detective.

The pimps ask them if they want to make money, and they even post pictures of money and receipts with large purchases.

Detectives say even underage girls from good neighborhoods are victims.

"What teenage girl doesn't want attention? doesn't want things that her parents wont buy her?" said the undercover detective.

While FOX 10's Mia Garcia was riding along, undercover detectives talked to a few suspects online and one of them agreed to meet at a nearby convenience store.

Four hours later, the suspect finally showed up and detectives arrested him outside of the motel.

These stings are nothing new, but police are doing more lately in hopes of sending a strong message to sex traffickers who want to cash in on prostitution during the Super Bowl. "We always have something happen, big events yes, but we also have to get the word out that we do this here all the time," said a Phoenix Police Vice Unit sergeant.

Phoenix Police joined other valley agencies to crack down on sex trafficking by targeting prostitutes, their pimps and men who pay for sex.

"If everybody gets together, theoretically we can chase them out of the state, and that's what I'm hoping," said the sergeant.

The multi-agency sting ended in 14 arrests for prostitution related charges; four cases involving Dorsey Charles Jones, Collin Asair Weaver, Philip Brian Gamble, Noah Benitez Johnson were submitted and are still under investigation.

Greater Phoenix Area Human Trafficking Task Force, the FBI and Phoenix, Glendale, Chandler and Scottsdale Police Departments, are responsible for the arrests.
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