Prostitution stings remain controversial in part because many observers see such acts as victimless crimes -- except when a sex worker is the victim. That was allegedly the case for a 28-year-old woman, who says she was brought from Missouri to Colorado and forced to prostitute herself -- offenses ... More >>
How easily can vulnerable teen girls be forced into the world of prostitution? An arrest affidavit in the case of a thirteen-year-old dubbed "Bunny" tells the tale in disturbing detail. The latest chapter? Five people, including alleged ringleader Socrates "Chrome" Packer, have now pleaded guilty t ... More >>
When she was sixteen, Aubrey Lloyd ran away from an abusive and dysfunctional home in Colorado Springs. But where she ended up was arguably worse: Lloyd was drugged, raped and then forced to work as a prostitute. On Thursday at the Capitol, she was the last speaker at an afternoon rally for Human Tr ... More >>
Though it's a human-rights movement with roots in gay-liberation activism, the fight for rights for sex workers is much less recognized, says Melinda Chateauvert. Her new book,Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement From Stonewall to SlutWalk aims to change that, chronicling the the movement fr ... More >>
The First Judicial District DA's office has filed fifteen charges against 39-year-old Robert Gonzales in response to what prosecutors portray as an exploitative horror show of activities involving the most vulnerable of victims: a runaway turned foster child who's said to have been pimped for cash a ... More >>
In director Kyle Henry's latest film, Fourplay, nothing is off limits, sexually speaking. But this isn't some cheap porn flick: The movie delves into the oft-missed intimate details of a sexual narrative as the characters in four vignettes face many personal challenges. In advance of the film's op ... More >>
Feminism & Co., the innovative social gathering and lecture series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, always packs a well-crafted and intellectually aware pop-culture punch. Previous sold-out discussions have brought feminist scientists, sex workers, Tupperware saleswomen and female body buil ... More >>
Women in Denver are arrested for prostitution-related crimes more often than men and are punished more harshly, according to "Who Pays?," a new study by the Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. The question of why is still a bit of a mystery, but researchers think it may be tied to p ... More >>
Selling out for the first time since moving into its basement home at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Friday night's Feminism & Co.: Sex Work lecture had to turn many people away at the door. The expertly curated lecture series seeks out artists, scholars and women of all trades to speak about women ... More >>
Hassan Mayo is the latest alleged Denver-area pimp to be sentenced for human trafficking -- an offense that's earned him a sixteen-year stay at the Cross Bar Hotel His most shocking offense? He reportedly sold a woman to another pimp for $400.
Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend
Our post featuring mug shots of fourteen prostitutes busted in a Colfax sting operation sparked a slew of passionate, sometimes angry responses, with a number of readers accusing yours truly of exploiting and demeaning the arrestees. That was not my intention, but after reflection, I concluded that ... More >>
Flickr The Denver Police Department has received a $300,000 federal grant to help combat human trafficking. The money will pay for a few officers to work full-time in conjunction with the FBI on cases in which women and, more rarely, men are forced into prostitution, says Denver vice Lieuten ... More >>
Dallas Cardenas. Dallas Cardenas will serve eight years in prison for trafficking a seventeen-year-old girl and pimping an adult woman, the state attorney general's office announced today. Cardenas , twenty, of Denver, is the first person to be convicted under Colorado's human trafficking sta ... More >>
Where are the hundreds of thousands of teen prostitutes some advocates say are engaged in underage sex trafficking? Village Voice Media spent the past two months collecting arrest data for underage prostitution in 37 of America's largest cities. Reporters found the average number of arrests o ... More >>
Starting tonight and running through Sunday, April 3, the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology will host what organizers says is a first-of-its-kind conference, which will bring academics together to discuss one of the world's hottest topics: human trafficking.
FlickrEarlier this week, SB 85, a bill that would establish a so-called "johns school" for people who solicit prostitutes, sailed through the Senate judiciary committee. Read it below. But the co-founders of Colorado's Sex Workers Outreach Project branch see the measure as ineffective and co ... More >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media
It's a bit of cheeky coincidence that the man who co-founded Wild Oats Markets in Boulder twenty years ago has been accused of attempting to sow those oats with an underage prostitute in New Mexico. Turns out that one of the first stores Michael Gilliland purchased en route to building his he ... More >>
Kenny Be "Expand limited gambling again? Why should we legalize video keno games and ask Colorado bar patrons to fund higher education when we could just legalize prostitution and ask college students to pay for state tuition increases by working their asses off."
CU students tackle the disturbing issue of child prostitution.
Julia Ormond. Most Hollywood stars could safely say they’re against modern slavery and might even pose for a protest picture about it. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one who could spell “trafficking.” Luckily, Julia Ormond is not your average movie star. As founder and president of the ... More >>
Talk about a raw deal! According to the Colorado Attorney General's Office, the former owners of Osaka Sushi have been charged with human trafficking -- because they allegedly made two South Korean immigrants work there for no pay, threatening them with deportation if they complained. Here's the pr ... More >>