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State v. Ms. S (DMC No. 14220) – Felony Maintaining a House of Prostitution (per A.R.S. 13-3208 (b)) – Not Charged – Phoenix Police Department Investigated (DR No. 20XX-XXXXX5).

Ms. S. worked for an escort agency by the name of Phoenix Girls. Their website was set up with a V.I.P. only access. You needed a TER (The Exotic Review) handle and references from other agencies in order to reference the site. The whole agency was run out of an apartment.

Police began running an undercover surveillance operation on the apartment. They observed 6 women go in and out of the business, along with numerous men, over a short period of time. Two Detectives approached Ms. S and attempted to interrogate her about Maintaining a House of Prostitution. She invoked her rights and immediately retained us to represent her.

Once we were involved, we contacted the Detectives to let them know that Ms. S was represented and they were to have no further contact with her. In the meantime, the lease was terminated by the apartment and all residents of that apartment were evicted. Also, the website was shut down and there was no further activity for The Phoenix Girls escort service/agency. Detectives tried to get some individual males to identify Ms. S as one of the escorts, but there were issues about whether they could positively identify her in a photo lineup. Ultimately, the Maricopa Attorney’s Office “turned down” the prosecution, and Ms. S was never charged with any crimes. Her record is clean.

NOT CHARGED | SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION – State v. Mr. M. (DMC No. 6705) (Scottsdale Police Department Investigated): Mr. M. was contacted by Detectives who were investigating a local massage parlor for alleged prostitution activities.  A “confidential informant” had given them Mr. M.’s information.  Mr. M. admitted to the violation, and then invoked his right to remain silent.  We contacted Detectives and worked out a “cooperation deal” in exchange for immunity.  No charges were brought against Mr. M.

NOT CHARGED | SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION – State v. Mr. B. (DMC No. 10432) (Chandler PD Investigated): Mr. B. went to Massage Envy, and was waiting to get a massage when a masseuse came in.  He made a joke about being touched in his “intimate areas” and the masseuse became offended.  He was asked to leave, and he asked for a refund and told them he was just kidding.  We became involved and convinced Chandler PD that it wasn’t even worthy of taking a report.  In addition, we helped Mr. B. cancel his contract with Massage Envy and he received a full refund for all prepaid massages.  Mr. B. was never charged, nor does he have any type of record.

NOT CHARGED |  Solicitation of Prostitution- State v. Mr. P. (DMC No. 9869): Mr. P was one of the individuals on the “Desert Diva” list that was released to the media. This list involved an escort service that was determined to be a prostitution ring. The police obtained all credit card numbers and information and released the names of the potential “John’s” to the public. Mr. P hired us, and we were able to prevent the State from proceeding with any further evidence that he engaged in prostitution. No charges were ever brought.

NOT CHARGED | CONDUCTING ILLEGAL ENTERPRISE (PROSTITUTION) / RICO – (DMC No. 4046) State v. Ms. B.: Police executed a search warrant at Ms. B’s home apartment, and her business apartment. She lived at her home apartment, and was running a beauty salon in her business apartment. She had friends who would also give private massages at the business apartment. During a sting operation, an undercover police officer was in the apartment for a massage and was fully naked. It appears there may have been some sexual contact with him before he left. Because of this fact, and the potential embarrassment to the police agency, we were able to convince the prosecutor to decline any charges.

NOT CHARGED | SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION – State v. Mr. C. (DMC No. 10243) (Phoenix PD Investigated): Mr. C. was flagged down by an undercover female Police Officer posing as a prostitute.  When she met with him, she was wired to record everything.  She was the first one to mention a sex act and money.  After Mr. C. agreed, Officers pulled him over, arrested him and impound his car.  Even though he had been cited, we became involved and got his car back quickly.  In addition, we contacted the City of Phoenix Prosecutors Office and pointed out the flaws in their case regarding potential entrapment (per their charging policy, the defendant is always to mention the sex and money first).  They agreed, and did not follow through with charging Mr. C.  They routed it back for further investigation, however the 1 year statute of limitations ran and no charges were ever brought against Mr. C.

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