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New police unit aims at fighting human trafficking

Police unit focused on fighting ongoing problem

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An ongoing problem in Colorado Springs has a new unit dedicated to solving it. CSPD created the Human Trafficking Unit.

Since its foundation in January, detectives with the unit have rescued 24 minors and 34 adults. They have arrested seven pimps, and charged and prosecuted five "johns." Police say of the girls they have rescued, 95 percent have at some point been runaways.

"What we start to see now is more of an exploitation of a vulnerable population," CSPD Lt. Mark Comte said. "Juvenile girls that have run away from home, where they're picked up by these gentlemen, by these pimps, and they're exploited sexually for financial gain."

Comte said a lot of human trafficking takes place along the interstate and online. They make contact with victims to attempt to get them out of the lifestyle they are in. Comte said the unit has been successful in rescuing every girl and woman they have attempted to rescue.

"It's rewarding to get the girl out of there," he said. "It's rewarding when they take the services that are offered to them and that they find an alternative lifestyle."

Comte said the community can also help. If you believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking call police at 444-7000, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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