The Colorado Springs Police Department formed a Human Trafficking Investigation Team last year to address an increase in the commercial sex trade in the Pikes Peak area. In their first year the team made 22 felony arrests, 47 misdemeanor arrests, including the arrest of 17 johns and 17 pimps. They recovered 26 juvenile and 44 adult victims engaged in trafficking. Detectives from the team assisted on 12 multi-agency operations. Since inception, investigations have resulted in the seizure of $1216.00 worth of narcotics and $94,354.00 in cash.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is dedicated to combating Human Trafficking and working for the best possible outcome for the victims of this crime. Research has identified one approach that has proven to be effective in reducing the demand for commercialized sex. This approach is the public release of sex customer’s information. In an effort to reduce the demand for the commercial sex trade, the names, photographs, and other public record information for those arrested for Soliciting for Prostitution will be released upon conviction occurring after January 1, 2015. The information will be made available, as a public record, to local news media outlets. It is our sincere hope that this will result in a reduction in victimization of Human Trafficking.
The Colorado Springs Human Trafficking Investigation Team remains dedicated to the victims of this crime. Additional information regarding Human Trafficking can be found through the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Southern Colorado at ht-colorado.org or the Innocence Lost Taskforce run by the Federal Bureau of Investigations at fbi.gov.