Three police departments along with federal and county agencies joined forces to arrest 16 suspects for child sex crimes and human trafficking, according to a Phoenix Police Department release.
The undercover Operation Tangled Web targeted the demand for sex crimes by placing ads on websites “commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts,” the release stated.
Authorities allege the 16 suspects from Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts prior to being arrested.
Police identified the following suspects:
The Phoenix Police Department Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit partnered with the Phoenix Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Tempe and Mesa police departments, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for Operation Tangled Web.