PD: 2 arrested for maintaining house of prostitution in Phoenix

PHOENIX: - Two men have been arrested after a house of prostitution was found in Phoenix.

The investigation began a year ago after a customer went to Club Lace near 28th Avenue and Indian School Road thinking it was a “gentlemen’s club.” The individual found out it was not a strip club but rather a house of prostitution, Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

Martos said the club wasn't set up for dancing, and that clients would choose a woman and head to one of a number of rooms in the club.

Martos said one person was detained at Club Lace, a man and woman were also detained at a home near 7th Street and Beardsley Road. Police also investigated a home near 57th Avenue and Morning Dove.

William Sullivan, a resident in the apartment complex where one of the search warrants were served, said he’s noticed suspicious activity in random cars parked overnight in the complex, leaving a trail evidence behind.

"You'd see condoms, wrappers, and stuff like that in the parking lot in the mornings,” said Sullivan.

Martos said Club Lace was taking in more than $10,000 a month.

Wednesday afternoon, Martos said 24-year-old Sergio Plata was booked into jail on a charge of being an employee at a house of prostitution. He said 40-year-old Stephen Lacy was being booked on charges of placing a person in a house of prostitution, receiving earnings of prostitution, maintaining a house of prostitution, and pandering.

Martos said other arrests were possible.

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