On Tuesday, twenty-two-year-old (22) Whitney Williams was arrested on suspicion of acting as a pimp for a woman and a seventeen-year-old (17) girl and booked on two counts of inducing prostitution, one count of child prostitution and one count of receiving earnings for prostitution. Police discovered Ms. Williams after they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an underage girl was posting ads on a website called backpage.com. An undercover Detective responded to the ad and arranged to meet up with the woman at an apartment near Grand and 67th Avenue in Glendale. When the Officer entered the apartment, he paid the woman $80 to have sex with him. At that point, additional Officers were signaled to enter the woman’s apartment. The woman then told Police that the apartment belongs to Ms. Williams, also known as “Pretty,” and that Ms. Williams was responsible for posting the internet ads. The woman also told Police that Ms. Williams posted ads for a seventeen-year-old (17) girl. When Ms. Williams arrived at her apartment, Police took her to the Station for questioning.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3212, “A person commits child prostitution by knowingly: (1) Causing any minor to engage in prostitution . . . .” Under Arizona law, if the child is under the age of fifteen (15), child prostitution is a Class 2 Felony punishable by a minimum of seven (7) years in prison and a maximum of twenty-one (21) years in prison for first- time offenders.
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