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4 arrested on human trafficking charges

As there is an increased focus from law enforcement authorities on investigating and prosecuting allegations of sex crimes, more people may be finding themselves on the defending end of these charges. Reports of human trafficking, in particular, have become an increased media interest, and stories that are presented via news outlets before all of the facts of the case are gathered can impact the reputations and future lives of those involved.

According to reports, a 76-year-old man and three women have been arrested as part of a human trafficking investigation spanning multiple law enforcement agencies, including local police departments and Homeland Security Investigations. The man, from Rocky Ford, was arrested in early April on suspicions of pimping. Police allege that the 76-year-old "facilitated and benefited from" supposed sex sales at Tokyo Spa, a business owned by the man. The 76-year-old is currently in El Paso County jail being held on $10,000 bond.

The three women, two from Colorado Springs and one from Pueblo, were arrested around the same time on human trafficking charges. According to court documents, the three women had connections to a woman who has arrested in December for allegedly pimping, money laundering and human trafficking. Police allege that the four women worked as prostitutes out of spas in the Pikes Peak area. One of the women is listed as the owner of Healing Art Relaxation.

The investigation in this case is ongoing, and it is possible that additional facts and evidence will be uncovered that may both hinder and help the defense for those charged. A conviction for sex crimes can mean that a person has to be listed on the sex offender registry and may impact job opportunities in the future, making it imperative that those charged with sex crimes understand the charges, possible penalties and defense options.

Source:  The Gazette, "Rocky Ford man arrested on suspicion of pimping in Colorado Springs" Jesse Paul, Apr. 03, 2014

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