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Metro: Prostitution activity found at topless Rio pool

29 July 2009

Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Metro Police officers made arrests for "prostitution-related activity" Saturday at the Rio's Sapphire Pool, police said, which resulted in the hotel-casino's decision to close the pool.

Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said officers in plain clothing did a routine enforcement operation at the topless pool Saturday and arrested fewer than a dozen people, although he didn't know the exact number of arrests. Cassell didn't know whether those arrested were employees of the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club.

A Sapphire spokesperson wasn't immediately available for comment this afternoon.

The Sapphire Pool was the Rio's topless pool, where the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club dancers would appear topless during the day. Sapphire removed any mention of the pool from its Web site Tuesday.

Metro does routine enforcement checks at nightclubs, casinos, hotels and pools throughout Las Vegas on a regular basis, Cassell said.

The decision to close the pool was made by the Rio. Cassell said Metro Police did not force or suggest that the property close the pool. No charges will be filed against the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club or the Rio, Cassell said.

The Rio said in a statement Tuesday night that the "pool complex remains open to guests; however, the property decided to suspend a topless sunbathing option at the resort."

Rio spokesperson Deanna Pettit said today the property had no further comment on the information released by Metro Police.

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