Police to target call girls here for Super Bowl

Super Bowl gatherings likely to draw prostitutes

Karina Bland
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 18, 2008 12:00 AM

People come to the Super Bowl looking for a good time. High-class call girls are known to travel the glittering circuit of sporting events, hoping to be the ones to provide it.

But Valley police plan to spoil those kinds of party plans.

Anytime there is an event of the magnitude of Super Bowl XLII, with its glitzy parties and large events, prostitutes arrive in hopes of cashing in on the crowds, Sgt. Joel Tranter of the Phoenix Police Department said Thursday.

He said that working with the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other law-enforcement agencies, Phoenix police will step up enforcement efforts aimed at prostitution, beginning Saturday.

“Do not come to Phoenix to set up shop to run prostitution,” Tranter warned.

Most Super Bowl cities report solicitation increases during game week.

Based on past experience with big events, local police work with NFL security to beef up patrols and enforcement, pinpointing places where prostitutes are likely to gather, said Detective Juan Villalba of the Miami-Dade Police Department. Last year’s game was played in south Florida.

During Super Bowl XXX in 1996, Tempe police saw a noticeable increase in prostitution arrests but nothing overwhelming, Sgt. Mike Horn said.

Besides warning pimps and prostitutes, Tranter advised both locals and out-of-towners not to seek the services of a prostitute.

“Our enforcement effort is aimed at them, too,” he said.

Police will respond to print and Internet advertisements for sexual services as well as patrol for prostitution activity.

Pickpockets also are attracted to large events, Tranter said.

Officers will go undercover at hotels and parties, and Tranter cautioned that people answering ads for sexual services could find themselves in the company of a police officer.

In addition, anyone caught bringing underage girls across state lines to work as prostitutes could face federal charges.

Earlier this month, Phoenix police raided a Mesa hotel and broke up a child-prostitution ring involving two 15-year-olds, a 17-year-old and a girl who had just turned 18. One was from Oregon and the other three were from California.

Police were told they came to Phoenix because there was too much heat from authorities in Las Vegas.

But more than likely, Tranter said, the ring also moved to the Valley to work the upcoming Super Bowl. Pimps can sometimes get double the money for underage girls.

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