With the advent of the Internet and the ability of prostitutes to advertise online, authorities have had to keep up with the times.
Now, an online ad with a photo of a man or woman and text thinly disguising the offering of sexual favors might have been placed by a police agency.
Phoenix police are using a variety of investigative techniques, including using online advertising, in their efforts to stop child prostitution, spokesman Sgt. "Last week's investigation was of this sort and netted eight arrests, one of them Mr. Police say Gilliland, 52, offered 0 for sex to a female who had twice told him she was 17. Others arrested in the sting were identified by authorities as Rudy Burns, Phillip Dominguez, Anthony Meisner, Brandon Murillo, Jose Rodriguez Pacheco, Travis Russell and Sheldon Yazzie.
Previously, police did most prostitution stings on the streets.
Gilliland, who has a home in Paradise Valley, founded Sunflower Farmers Market grocery chain.
Since his arrest, he resigned from his position its chief executive.
D." The documents say "a short time later Gilliland arrived at the hotel and had a conversation (with the undercover officer) where he agreed to pay her 0 for sex.
(The officer) reconfirmed with him that she was only 17-years-old while in the hotel room as well." On Friday, Gilliland posted ,000 bond and was released from jail.
A company news release said Gilliland has said he believes he is not guilty and expects to be exonerated.Martos said solicitation of an adult prostitute is a misdemeanor, but soliciting a minor is a Class 2 felony, which can result in a prison sentence of more than two years.