Local and Federal Law Enforcement Crack Down on Prostitution and Human Trafficking in Colorado
On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, the Frederick and Longmont Police Departments, along with law enforcement partners of the Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition, executed a search warrant at the following business in regard to possible prostitution and human trafficking violations.
3652 Reliance Drive, Unit C
The mission of the Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition (C-TOCC) is to tackle the emergent problem of involuntary servitude of adults and international victims (to include labor exploitation and commercial sex) within the state of Colorado. Historical venues for human trafficking within Colorado include restaurants, hotels, bars, labor camps, and businesses associated with prostitution. C-TOCC’s goal is to investigate, dismantle, and prosecute these groups that hide and launder illicit proceeds, support human trafficking, and commit other forms of organized criminal violations.
Members of C-TOCC that assisted with this investigation and operation include the Arvada Police Department, Aurora Police Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lakewood Police Department, and Loveland Police Department. The city of Frederick, Colorado Mayor Tony Carey and the Board of Trustees would like to thank all the individuals and agencies playing a critical role in this extensive and comprehensive investigation. Frederick’s residents can rest easier knowing that this type of unlawful conduct is swiftly dealt with by the Frederick Police Department in cooperation with their local, state, and federal partners.
The FBI has previously stated, “We are working hard to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.”
All further inquiries regarding this investigation should be made to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.
Additional information about the FBI’s efforts to combat human trafficking can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights/human-trafficking.