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Sex Trafficking Sting recovers 20 children in Colorado and Wyoming; 12 pimps busted

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CASPER, Wyo. -

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Denver Field Office, which includes Wyoming, recently recovered more children in a nationwide trafficking sting than any other area in the U.S.

Officials from the FBI and 500 law enforcement partners  announced today that 149 underage trafficking victims were recovered and 153 pimps were arrested in a nationwide human trafficking operation conducted throughout the United States last week. 

The initiative, dubbed Operation Cross Country IX, is a national effort spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with state and local law enforcement partners across the country.

The initiative targets the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

20 child victims were recovered by the Denver Field Office and seven pimps were arrested.

This tops the list as the most productive of the stings; Detroit was just behind with 19 child victims recovered and 12 pimps arrested.

No other location had double-digit victim recoveries. This is the second year in a row that Denver has topped the list.

The operation out of the Denver office was conducted in both Colorado and Wyoming. 

In one case, the operation rescued a 14-year-old girl who was being trafficked for sex on Colfax Avenue in Denver by a gang member.

Today, she has reconciled with her family and is in a treatment program.

“Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  “As a result of the FBI’s outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system. 

The Department of Justice will continue to aggressively and persistently fight this heinous crime, and to hold its perpetrators accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Forty law enforcement agencies across Colorado and Wyoming participated.

The only Wyoming agencies listed by the FBI as participating are the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Casper Police Department.

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