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86 men arrested in Phoenix "sex trafficking" sting last month.
1/11/2018 azcentral, 12News and other media report highlights

(Dave notes the "spin" is that anyone going to a massage parlor is promoting sex trafficking so part of the "end demand" national campaign which assumes all sex workers are sex trafficking victims.)

Undercover Phoenix police detectives opened a massage parlor and arrested customers who attempted to solicit sexual acts. The ages of those arrested ranged from 22 to 78 years old.

"We're here to talk about the successful police work done," the Phoenix Mayor said. at a news conference.."what we’re doing in Phoenix to combat this cruel crime head on. Human trafficking deprives victims of their freedom, dignity and basic human rights — and we have an obligation to do our part to end it...

City Councilman said "(Sex trafficking) is a disgusting, abhorrent practice. The stories we hear are appalling."

In recent years, activists have successfully redefined prostitution, which had been treated by police as a nuisance, as domestic sex trafficking, an epidemic worthy of government attention.

Groups have provided training to police that teaches them to see the women as victims of predatory men. Most of the women, in the activists’ thinking, are coerced into the sex trade, either actively or through circumstances.

Police departments in Arizona had conducted sting operations using escort ads on websites such as Craigslist and Backpage. Officials said last month's operation in Phoenix was mirrored on efforts in other cities and counties.

"Every arrest counts. Every victim we free from coercion counts, another council member said."

Phoenix police Lt. xxxxxxx, who works with the vice squad, said the operation was designed to catch those who create a demand for sex trafficking. ""This is not a victimless crime," he said. "It affects everyone from the victims to legitimate massage parlors."

Dave notes in Phoenix as well as other cities while there is "real" sex trafficking with real victims - mostly in street work - most are private consenting adults sought by customers vs the "pretend victims" and sensationalizing isolated bad cases with lots of grants and funding pushed by religious groups and those opposing the right of sexwork to private consenting adults. As I have often said that is why the current case before the 9th Circuit challenging the prostitution law is so critical to the future of private consenting adults.

A 1/2018 youtube video on the 9th Circuit case with Maxine who was at my home to meet with Phoenix companions a few years ago is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2OT8_rUf40
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