YAVAPAI COUNTY-- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office joined with several law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking in Yavapai County on June 1.
The law enforcement partners conducted an operation to target the buyers of underage/adult prostitutes. Human Trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world, second only to narcotics trafficking in terms of revenue generated. The joint operation partners are Prescott and Prescott Valley PDs, Cottonwood PD, Department of Homeland Security/ICE and Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT).
The victims of human trafficking are often teenaged girls who, for various reasons, are forced to engage in repeated sexual assaults for the profit of a "pimp" soliciting customers for prostitutes.
To eliminate the demand for prostitutes, this operation targeted buyers who would otherwise willingly hire prostitutes for sexual gratification.
After the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet the "girls" in a specified Yavapai County motel room. Over the course of the day, the team of combined law enforcement officers apprehended those men who, despite knowing that the girls were legally considered children or in their late teens, were willing to exploit them anyway through paid sex acts.
A total of four adult men were arrested following their request for sex acts and presentation of payment in the hotel room:
-18-year-old Alex Arizmendi from Paulden who remains in custody on a $5,000 bond. Arizmendi completed initial phone arrangements and upon arrival at the hotel room, agreed to pay for sex with both an adult and minor child. He was charged with felony child prostitution and prostitution.
-40-year-old Isidrio Espino-Fierros from Las Vegas released on a $4000 bond. Espino-Fierros made phone arrangements and upon arrival at the hotel room and agreed to pay an adult woman for sex acts. He faces a charge of enticing a person for prostitution, a misdemeanor offense.
-47-year-old Jeffrey Sunderlin from Surprise released on a $2000 bond. Sunderlin made phone arrangements agreed to pay an adult female for sex acts when he arrived at the hotel room. He faces a charge of enticing a person for prostitution, a misdemeanor.
-42-year-old Sean Davis from Tucson released on a $2000 bond. Davis called to make initial phone arrangements and agreed to pay an adult female for sex acts when he arrived at the hotel. He also faces a charge of enticing a person for prostitution, a misdemeanor.