Nevada brothel owner has meeting with Arpaio about Super Bowl

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

NOTE: Sheriff Arpaio did not meet with Dennis Hof

PHOENIX -- With the Super Bowl approaching, a number of businesses are trying to get holds in Phoenix to profit from the big game. The owner of a legal Nevada brothel says that allowing him to operate in Phoenix during the Super Bowl will keep money out of the hands of human traffickers in addition to generating revenue.

Dennis Hof, whose personality and Moonlite Bunny Ranch were featured on the HBO show "Cathouse," has a meeting scheduled with Sheriff Joe Arpaio later this afternoon. Hof also has a symposium, which could include a number of local leaders, planned for later in the day.

Hof says that allowing him to open a temporary legal brothel in Phoenix could be another step in the city's multifaceted plan to battle human trafficking during the Super Bowl.

While Hof is expected to take that crime-fighting approach during his meeting with Arpaio, he's also pitched economic benefits in the past. In an earlier email to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton about opening up a brothel, Hof offered to pay the city $500,000.

Stanton told Hof that the city would not entertain his idea, as prostitution is illegal in Arizona. After his meetings today, there will likely be a clearer picture on if Hof should move on or move forward with his plans.