YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- Eight men were arrested in a prostitution sting in Yavapai County this week, according to the sheriff's office.
Local, state and federal agencies conducted an operation on Aug. 25 and 26 targeting buyers of child prostitutes.
The sheriff's office said the men arranged to meet underage girls in a motel room after seeing an online ad.
Seven of the men were arrested after allegedly requesting sex acts and presenting payment in a motel room.
Booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on suspicion of engaging in prostitution of a minor were 34-year-old Donald Eden of Black Canyon City, 22-year-old Sean Holden of Flagstaff, 25-year-old Martin Zazueta-Suarez of Cottonwood, 23-year-old David Flint of Corona, Calif., 19-year-old Israel Rodriguez of Flagstaff and 34-year-old Issac Turincio-Villegas of Cottonwood. Michael Metzner, 25, of Cottonwood, was booked on one count of child prostitution.
Six of those suspects remained in custody Friday afternoon on $10,000 and $20,000 bonds. Rodriguez was released after posting $20,000 bond.
Walter Christopher, 37, was arrested at his Flagstaff home Aug. 28 after a search warrant was served. The registered sex offender, who is on probation in Coconino County, allegedly arranged to meet underage girls and drove to the motel but did not follow through.
Christopher was charged with two counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor and booked into jail. His bond had not been set Friday.
The other agencies involved were the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood police departments, the Department of Homeland Security, the Camp Verde Marshal's Office, the FBI, and the GIITEM and Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking task forces.
According to the sheriff's office, human trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world after narcotics trafficking in terms of revenue generated. The victims are often teenage girls.
A similar operation was conducted in Yavapai County in April.
“I will continue to make these types of operations a priority for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office because the goal of protecting our children from sexual predators must continue," Sheriff Scott Mascher said in a statement. "I would like to thank all the assisting agencies for their support and participation in the investigation. On behalf of my fellow law enforcement partners, it is my hope these arrests send a message that preying on our children will not be tolerated in this County."