PRESCOTT, AZ - Eight men were arrested in Northern Arizona during a prostitution sting conducted by several police agencies.
On August 25 and 26 the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office joined with several other law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking in the county.
They conducted the operation to target buyers of child prostitutes, according to a YCSO press release.
YCSO says human trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world, second only to narcotics trafficking in financial terms.
They say the victims are often teenaged girls who for various reasons are forced to engage in repeated sex acts for the profit of a “pimp” soliciting customers for prostitutes.
This week’s operation targeted buyers who were looking for underage prostitutes.
YCSO says after the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet underage girls in a designated motel room in Yavapai County.
Over the two days, the team apprehended seven men after they allegedly requested sex acts and offered payment in the motel room.
Another suspect was arrested at his home in Flagstaff on August 28 following the service of a search warrant. Authorities say 37-year-old Walter Christopher is a registered sex offender on probation in Coconino County.
YCSO says detectives documented Christopher’s arrangements for specific sex acts and his agreement to meet “underage” girls at the motel.
He reportedly admitted to driving to the motel but did not follow through with the arrangements.
Christopher was charged with two counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.
YCSO says the remaining seven suspects were booked into jail on at least one count of engaging in prostitution with a minor