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(Wyo.)-Authorities Aim To Crack Down On Sex Trafficking

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 06/26/2014 10:26 AM
     DENVER (ASSOCIATED PRESS) - Authorities say one of 11 Colorado pimps arrested in a crackdown on child sex-trafficking took a 16-year-old to Wyoming because he thought she could make more money there.
     FBI officials and police gave new details Wednesday about the week-long initiative known as Operation Cross Country. Authorities working with the Denver FBI office rescued 18 teenagers during the effort, more than any other FBI division office. The FBI recovered 168 juveniles and arrested 281 pimps nationwide.
     Casper police Sgt. Shane Chaney says a Denver gang member was prostituting the girl at a Casper hotel because he thought he could avoid police attention. He says Colorado pimps will sometimes sell sex with girls in Wyoming because it can be more lucrative.
     Authorities say greater awareness of child sex-trafficking led to more recoveries.


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