Phoenix PD bust man with prostitution ad on Backpage.com

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By: Breann Bierman, PHOENIX (CBS5)
Eric Hobson

Police have arrested a man for his role in child prostitution at a Phoenix hotel.

Police said during an undercover investigation, they learned that Eric Hobson was facilitating a 16-year-old girl to be a prostitute at a hotel on Baseline Road.

Police said their investigation began with an ad posted on Backpage.com under the “escorts” section.

The girl told detectives she had been a prostitute for two years and recently met Hobson. She said Hobson agreed to rent the rooms for her because she was underage and did not have a credit card. She said she told Hobson she was 19 years old.

Hobson admitted to paying for the girl’s advertising fees on Backpage.com where she advertised her “escorting.” Hobson told police he believed the girl charged men to spend time with them.

Hobson was booked on two counts of child prostitution.

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