Human Traffic Watch

Missing model may be victim of Colorado sex traffickers: authorities

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

An aspiring model who disappeared over a month ago in Colorado Springs may have fallen victim to sex trafficking, an alarming subculture that plagues Denver.

Kara Nichols, 19, vanished after leaving her home on Oct. 9 to go to a modeling gig in the Colorado capital.

Investigators fear that blonde beauty has become ensnared in some type of front for a modeling business, according to an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office release obtained by KKTV.

Authorities have identified several suspect modeling- and fashion-related websites that they believe Nichols frequented, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeff Kramer told the Daily News.

Some of the sites “involved illicit drugs and prostitution,” Kramer explained, adding that Nichols likely didn’t understand the “inherent risks.”

“Someone that has big dreams with limited resources sometimes turn to the Internet,” he said. “We hope that someone with knowledge of that subculture maybe will have remembered seeing Kara.”

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