15 Year-old girl part of prostitution ring sting

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Teen girl among those arrested

PHOENIX - Phoenix police busted a prostitution ring Tuesday night. The Maryvale Precint along with VICE enforcement detectives conducted a targeted round-up in an area known to have a high amount of activity.

During the round-up officers took into custory a 15-year-old girl who had run away from home and was working as a prostitute for the past two weeks.

Investigators also arrested her pimp, Curtis O'Neal, 22, and booked him for child prostitution and sexual misconduct with a minor.

The target areas for the bust included the 2400-5200 blocks of W. McDowell Road, the 5100-5300 blocks of W. Latham Street, the 2700-3500 blocks of W. Van Buren Street and the 300-8000 blocks of N. 27th Avenue.

The list of arrested prostitutes include, Deanna Payne, 25, Ashlee Gautney, 21, Brandi Spellman, 26, Angela Hinton, 35, Sarah Serpa, 46, Rita Mercado, 29, Clarese Zingarelli, 29, Belinda Reynolds, 43, Samantha Simpson, 43, Katrina Sutton, 26.