A large-scale sting operation last month in Fort Collins and Larimer County resulted in 21 men being cited for attempting pay for sex.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan said 444 men responded to online ads offering escort services. Of them, 21 scheduled appointments and agreed to pay for sex at hotels. When they showed up for their appointments, they were met by cops. They were cited and released.
“Many citizens don’t believe prostitution or human trafficking is an issue in Northern Colorado,” Officer Rob Knab, a member of Fort Collins police’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team, which focuses on regional human trafficking issues, told the Coloradoan. “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 “by making Fort Collins a difficult market for soliciting or selling sexual services,” the police department said in a news release.
Fort Collins police conduct large-scale sting operations several times a year, according to Fort Collins Police Services spokeswoman Kate Kimble.
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.