Bunny Ranch brothel battle heating up, canceled symposium leads to impromptu debate

PHOENIX - Arizona State Police canceled a human trafficking symposium scheduled for Wednesday, saying they were worried about crowd control.

That didn't stop a heated debate from happening outside.

"I don't see 500 people out here protesting or concerned about anything," said Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof.

Hof said he didn't buy the reason Wednesday's symposium was canceled, but it turned out the show went on in a smaller version.

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"I just don't want you to feel that bringing your business here, sensationalizing what you do in another state will stand," said National Organization for Women Phoenix chapter president Tonya Norwood.

Formal debate or not, Norwood wasn't leaving without getting her point across.

"This is not going to happen in our state, and if it does, you're going to have a lot of work to do to get through me," Norwood said.

"The status quo isn't working in Phoenix. It's known as one of the biggest sex trafficking cities in America.  My take on it is let's either look at legalization, or enforce the laws that are on the books now," Hof said.

If anyone knows about human trafficking it's Shanna Parker. She's a survivor.

"I'm disappointed because I wanted to say something and put a voice out there for those who don't have a voice," Parker said.

She planned to be in the audience at the symposium and wanted to tell Hof what she thinks about his proposal to bring a legal brothel to Arizona for the Super Bowl.

"No!  No, you cannot come here and bring your house of prostitution here," she said.

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