Phoenix Police arrest man on child prostitution charges

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Michael Marion Cotham, 39, has been accused of making a 17-year-old girl work as one of his prostitutes. By Andrew Michalscheck Michael Marion Cotham, 39, has been accused of making a 17-year-old girl work as one of his prostitutes. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man was arrested Wednesday on child prostitution charges.

Michael Marion Cotham, 39, has been accused of making a 17-year-old girl work as one of his prostitutes.

Phoenix Police Detectives from the VICE Enforcement Unit began investigating after receiving a report that a young woman was being forced to work as a prostitute.

Investigators learned that the teen had run away from a foster shelter and was living on the streets when she was approached by Cotham.

Cotham allegedly put the girl to work as a prostitute for approximately one month.

Two adult women who were also working as prostitutes for Cotham were also located.

One of the women was arrested for an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. Neither woman has been charged in relation to the investigation into Cotham.

Cotham has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail. He’s facing four counts of child prostitution, one count of receiving the earnings of a prostitute, and one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

The girl has been given a place to live under the direction of Child Protective Services.