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Three women arrested in southern Colorado human trafficking bust

Three women arrested in southern Colorado human trafficking

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two women from Colorado Springs and one woman from Pueblo are facing charges for human trafficking and pimping, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Troopers say that on March 20, 2014, an undercover investigation was launched into spas located along the southern Front Range.

The investigation led to the arrests of Covie King and Myong Moon, both of Colorado Springs, and Myong Bogdany of Pueblo.

State Patrol says bank accounts associated with the spas have been frozen.

The Colorado State Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, the Colorado Springs Police Department's Vice/Narcotics/intelligence Division, and the Pueblo Police Department were all involved in the investigation.

Debbie Manzanares with the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado said the arrests are a victory for the community, but it's just the beginning.

"Unfortunately it has to come to this kind of arrest and this kind of awful travesty, but it proves that it's happening in our backyard," Manzanares said.

She said that spas are not an uncommon place to find human trafficking.

"People are brought in to work in these places and they're not given a lot of options about what full range of services they have to provide," she said.

Trafficking is also found in other businesses and online, and often crosses law enforcement jurisdictions.  That's why Manzanares says it's important for different agencies to work together like in this case.

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