During World Cannabis Week when thousands of tourists visited Colorado, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies conducted operations to curb sex trafficking and exploitation, which resulted in the recovery of five children and the arrests of nine adults for trafficking and 26 adults for prostitution. Many other adults being trafficked were contacted and offered food, shelter, treatment, and other services.
The sex trafficking operations were conducted across the Denver Metro area and along the Front Range during the week of April 18 because large-scale events attract tourists and a can also create a demand for prostitution. FBI personnel conducted research before and after World Cannabis Week in 2015 and noted a 35 percent increase in the number of online escort postings. Also, during this year’s event, nearly 40 percent of escorts told police they traveled to Colorado for the special event.
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