Valley cities say 'no' to potential Bunny Ranch-style brothel, proposal continues to grab attention

PHOENIX - A Wednesday symposium to discuss human trafficking and a controversial proposal from Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof has been canceled.

Hof was set to discuss the establishment of a legal brothel in the Valley in time for the Super Bowl next year.

The Human Trafficking and Prostitution Panel was to be held on the Arizona State University campus Wednesday night, but spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said ASU police were not given sufficient time to prepare as the event began taking on a "larger profile."

Keeler said the room was set to hold 160 people and there was concern about crowd control.

Campus police were not prepared with sufficient staff at the late notice and F.R.E.E. International, the group holding the event, was told it was being cancelled.

Keeler said the organization’s money is being returned and it has been offered to re-schedule.

Meantime, Hof says he’s expanding his search for a location for a legal brothel to several cities around the Valley.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wasted no time in responding to Hof's initial suggestion, saying he is adamantly against the idea. So we reached out to other Valley cities -- Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe and Peoria -- who all said they too are uninterested, citing state laws that prohibit it.

Hof says legalizing prostitution would help stop sex trafficking.

He says he knows this will be a long legal battle, but he says he won’t go down without a fight.

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