Human Traffic Watch

Sex trafficking in Denver

In Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm
(Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post)

(Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post)

If you want to knock a middle-class mom out of her comfort zone, paint her the picture of a young sex trafficking victim in desperate need of rescue being kept hidden away somewhere in the metro area, right this second.

Describe the tragedy of a 12-year-old being controlled by someone, perhaps a parent, who takes payment from scumbags for acts that shatter the child’s innocence, and repeatedly damage her body and soul.

First, vigilante Mom-bo fantasies come to mind, then the questions: “How big is our problem, and what is being done about it?” This is where the picture goes fuzzy.

“We are definitely seeing an increase in the number of cases involving the commercial sexual exploitation of children, forced and coerced prostitution and organized prostitution,” according to Sgt. Dan Steele of the Denver Police Department.

The FBI’s Dave Joly, who supervises the new Innocence Lost Task Force, a partnership between the FBI, Denver and Aurora police departments and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, said “Between 2006 and 2011, Denver PD identified and rescued approximately 47 children from commercially sexually exploitative environments. In 2012 alone, the Innocence Lost Task Force and our Metro Area partners identified and rescued 49 children.”

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