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Colorado law enforcement big player in FBI operation

In recent years, there has been increased attention placed on sex crimes, specifically prostitution and sex trafficking. In fact, the FBI recently established an initiative that was named Operation Cross Country VII. The operation was put together with the goal of targeting those that were suspected of participating in these sex offenses. 

A total of 76 cities combined their resources to participate in the operation, which resulted in the arrest of 150 individuals who were then charged in relation to facilitating prostitution. Colorado was a major part of this arrest operation. 

When the numbers were broken down according to FBI divisions, the Denver Division reported the fourth highest number of arrests. Colorado Springs falls in the jurisdiction of that division, and a total of nine arrests were recorded in the city.

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking is a non-profit group that is based in Denver. The executive director of the group said that since 2005, sex crimes such as these have been a target of law enforcement in Colorado. This focus, she said has increased the number of incidents that are reported, investigated and prosecuted.

According to Executive Director Amanda Finger, there were approximately 300 cases identified as ones involving human trafficking in the years 2008 to 2012 in Colorado. All of these cases did not result in conviction in court, but instead included both confirmed and potential cases.

Any sex crime can result in very serious penalties. Whether it is incarceration or a requirement to register as a sex offender, these penalties can significantly limit the freedoms of an individual. Those that face these charges need to take their defense seriously, and an attorney with significant experience in these cases is a way to ensure that your rights are protected.

Source: The Gazette, "Nine from Colorado Springs arrested in human trafficking sweep," July 31, 2013

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