Valley police arrest 150 'johns' during operation focused on sex trade

PHOENIX - Focusing on classified ad websites and street reversals, 150 would-be sex buyers were arrested in the Valley last week.

Investigators and decoys from the Phoenix, Glendale, Chandler, Mesa and Tempe police departments were supported by the Phoenix FBI office in the week long operation, according to a press release.

In the Valley, efforts concentrated on online classified ad sites and street reversals.

Ninety-one of the arrests came from “Backpage.com” ads, some of which solicited sex from juveniles.

Nationwide, there were nearly 500 arrests made.

In the Valley, Phoenix police made 69 arrests, Mesa police arrested 28, Tempe police took 21 into custody, Glendale police arrested 19 and Chandler police made 13 arrests.

Police said 80 vehicles were impounded during the operations.

According to the press release, the focus of the operation was to reduce demand in the sex trade, targeting those who are trying to buy sex.

Upcoming operations will continue to target the sex-buyers, or “johns,” but will also target pimps and others who profit from trafficking and promoting the sex trade.

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