Three women, including one that claimed she was an employee at the Doll House, were arrested Saturday night during a prostitution sting conducted by Midvale police.

Officers used a local motel to set up their operation. Vice police went through the personal ads of Web sites such as Craig's List and Backpage.com looking for women who advertised themselves under "exotic adult services," said Midvale Police Sgt. John Salazar.

In the hotel room, officers would hide in a back bedroom monitoring and recording what was happening in the living room while a confidential informant found out if the women would offer sex for money, Salazar said. Once a deal was made and money exchanged hands, officers would come out from the back room and make the arrest.

During Saturday's sting, three women were arrested for investigation of prostitution. Two of the women also were arrested with not having a sexually-oriented business license.

One of the women who did have a license, however, was registered as working at the Doll House and even presented officers with a business card from the escort service, Salazar said. In July, the former co-owner of the Doll House, Steven Maese, was convicted of five felonies, including four counts of exploiting a prostitute and one count of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity. The Doll House business was recently sold to a new owner.

Midvale's vice officers typically do one or two escort and prostitution stings a month, Salazar said.

"We just like to keep the area as clean as we can," he said.


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