Brothel owner in Phoenix to push legalized prostitution

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Nevada businessman and legal brothel owner is in Phoenix to push his idea for legal prostitution in the Valley.

Dennis Hof made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he offered $500,000 to the City of Phoenix if it would allow legalized prostitution during next year’s Super Bowl festivities.

"Arizona's got the problem. I've got the answer. They need to be open-minded enough to listen," said Hof, speaking from his downtown Phoenix hotel room. "The Super Bowl brings thousands and thousands of girls and pimps. They're not only going to sell sex; they're going to rob people, they're going to steal their identities and they're going to sell drugs. It's going to be a terrible time in Arizona when the Super Bowl comes and I want to help them out with their problem."

Hof owns the infamous Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. He's also the star of HBO's "Cat House."

He originally traveled to the Valley this week to participate in a symposium on reducing sex trafficking. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was slated for the same event but withdrew on Monday, giving 3TV the following explanation:

"Mr. Hof’s ideas and principals go against everything Attorney General Tom Horne’s office stands for."

The symposium was cancelled at the last minute.

Hof was also slated to meet with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to discuss sex trafficking on Wednesday afternoon. However, the Sheriff’s Office canceled the meeting early in the week.

"It became apparent that we would be talking more about making prostitution legal in and around the Super Bowl and Sheriff Arpaio says no way to that," said Lisa Allen, MCSO spokeswoman.