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1 arrested in northern AZ prostitution sting

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A northern Arizona woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of prostitution during an operation targeting women escorts on the Backpage website.

Officers said they had been alerted to women posting ads on backpage.com as adult female escorts and offering hourly and half hourly prices for suspected prostitution in Flagstaff.

Most of the females posting the ads are believed to be from out of town and travel to the Flagstaff area, according to the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force.

Shaquita Rutherford, 23, was arrested after an undercover agent contacted Rutherford on the telephone from her backpage posting and then arranged for Rutherford to come to the hotel room that agents had rented for the operation.

Once Rutherford arrived at the hotel room and met the undercover agent, she arranged sex for money, the task force said. Metro agents then entered the room and arrested Rutherford.

Rutherford was booked into the Coconino County Jail on one count of prostitution.

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