Phoenix police are using a variety of investigative techniques, including using online advertising, in their efforts to stop child prostitution, spokesman Sgt. "Last week's investigation was of this sort and netted eight arrests, one of them Mr. Police say Gilliland, 52, offered 0 for sex to a female who had twice told him she was 17. Others arrested in the sting were identified by authorities as Rudy Burns, Phillip Dominguez, Anthony Meisner, Brandon Murillo, Jose Rodriguez Pacheco, Travis Russell and Sheldon Yazzie.
Previously, police did most prostitution stings on the streets.
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Men answering online prostitution ads are increasingly finding that the "prostitute" carries a badge and that the whole enterprise is a sting much like one that recently snared grocery-store magnate Michael Gilliland.
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According to court documents, Phoenix police vice-enforcement officers last week were working an undercover online sting at a hotel in the 9600 block of North Black Canyon Freeway.
In the sting, undercover female officers posed as juvenile prostitutes, having advertised on a website carrying scores of ads for "escorts" and "body rubs." Court documents say that at about p.m., Gilliland answered an online ad and spoke with an undercover officer who "told him she was actually 17 years old." The officer "also told Gilliland to bring cigarettes because she was too young to purchase them and the store would not take her fake I.