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21 men cited in Northern Colorado prostitution sting

Posted: 2/5/2018 Author: Saja Hindi

Fort Collins Police Services officers, Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted a prostitution sting in January.(Photo: Coloradoan library)

Fort Collins Police Services officers, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a prostitution sting in January. (Photo: Coloradoan library)


Fort Collins and Larimer County law enforcement conducted a prostitution sting operation last month they said drew 444 men in an effort to combat human trafficking in Northern Colorado.

The men all responded to ads placed in escort sections of certain websites. Twenty-one of them scheduled appointments and agreed to pay for sexual acts at specified hotels on the day of the sting, according to a news release from Fort Collins Police Services.

Fort Collins police partnered with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office on the operation, and the 21 men were instead met with officers and citations on Jan. 17.

The men received citations and were released.

“Many citizens don’t believe prostitution or human trafficking is an issue in Northern Colorado,” said Officer Rob Knab, a member of Fort Collins police’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team, which focuses on regional human trafficking issues. “Operations like this indicate otherwise.”

Fort Collins police hope to reduce human trafficking, illegal drug use and sales, and violent crimes — issues often tied to human trafficking.

“FCPS hopes to reduce those issues by making Fort Collins a difficult market for soliciting or selling sexual services,” the release stated.

Fort Collins police conduct large-scale sting operations several times a year, according to Fort Collins Police Services spokeswoman Kate Kimble, and Neighborhood Enforcement Team officers focus on human trafficking issues as part of their regular work, also conducting smaller-scale investigations.

Fort Collins police partner with local agencies on educational and prevention programs as well as on programs that aim to help women escape prostitution, including with Free Our Girls founder and survivor Megan Lundstrom and therapist Chris Bruno, host of the First Offender Restoration Initiative or the “John School.”

The partnerships not only focus on helping women but also on educating men charged with soliciting sexual services in helping them understand that prostitution is not a “victimless crime” as some may believe.

According to national data, women who escape the sex trade are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder at almost two times higher than combat veterans.

“Our overall goal is to eradicate human trafficking, and more specifically to make Northern Colorado an inhospitable environment for this insidious crime to grow,” Bruno said in the release.

National statistics:

• 90 percent of prostituted women were victims of childhood sexual abuse.
• 89 percent were younger than 16 when they were first forced to sell sex.
• 96 percent were runaway youths.

Police intend to continue enforcement efforts throughout the region.

For more on human trafficking in Northern Colorado, go to

Wake People Up would like to note that prostitution IS human sex trafficking. Terminology needs to be updated in the minds of reporters, law enforcement and US citizens. It is happening but it is not common yet.


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“A big part of the problem is that victims of human trafficking crimes often do not realize that they are being exploited. From dishwashers to prostitutes, many believe they are working off debt.”

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