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Pueblo police arrest 10 in prostitution crackdown

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo police arrested 10 people during a national operation to crack down on child sex trafficking.

Over the weekend, they arrested seven people for prostitution and three for soliciting a prostitute. Police didn't find any children.

Even though police say underage prostitution is not a problem in Pueblo, police take part in these stings because it helps find children who are at risk of being exploited.

"With these efforts we're finding sometimes we come across children who are runaways and in finding those runaways, then we find out that they're in a program or being trafficked by pimps and are unable to get out," Sgt. Eric Gonzales said.

The three-day undercover sting resulted in the arrest of 10 people, ages ranging from 20 to 75 years old.

Gonzales said, "The investigation was done in a way to where mostly the prostitutes or solicitors came to us."

"Traffickers are preying on youth with low self-esteem and minimal social support," said Drew Oosterbaan, of the Department of Justice.

In Pueblo, prostitution and soliciting a prostitute are municipal charges, which means offenders can be cited and then released. Last weekend, offenders were booked for several hours so they wouldn't let other people know about the operation. They have since been released.

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