|Prescott Valley Tribune|
PRESCOTT - A multi-agency sting operation targeting the buyers of child prostitutes last week resulted in the arrest of eight suspects, a Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman said.
Human trafficking is the second-most prolific crime in the world, second only to the illegal drug trade in terms of revenue generated, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said, and the victims are often teen girls who are forced to engage in repeated sexual assaults for the profit of pimps who solicit customers and take the cash.
The operation went after buyers who would try to hire underage prostitutes, D'Evelyn said. Suspects who replied to an online notice made arrangements to meet the girls at a motel room. April 22 and 23, the team arrested men who arrived at that room.
Seven men were arrested on a change of conspiracy to commit child prostitution:
Conrad Bauman, 52, of Camp Verde who was released on a $50,000 bond;
Daniel Head, 67, of Flagstaff, released on a $50,000 bond;
Alejandro Walton, 28, of Prescott, who remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond;
Clifton Reichle, 51, of Prescott, who remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond;
Jason Pennock, 32, of Dewey, who remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond;
Francis Kraps, 78, of Prescott, released on a $50,000 bond; and
William Brown, 19, of Prescott Valley, released on a $20,000 bond.
An eighth man, Eric Klopf, 36, of Peoria, drove to the hotel with a 17-year-old boy after agreeing to meet for sex, D'Evelyn said, and the boy was arrested when he offered cash for sex. Klopf was arrested in the parking lot for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
The adult suspects were booked into the Camp Verde jail. The teen was booked into the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.
The operation was conducted by YCSO along with Prescott PD, Prescott Valley PD, Cottonwood PD, Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security/ICE, GIITEM, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) and Tempe PD.
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