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Strip-club employees to fight sex trafficking on Broncos playoff-game weekend

Major sporting events attract big money and big crowds. But Michael Ocello, who owns several Denver strip clubs and co-founded Club Operators Against Sex Trafficking, says they also attract a specific type of crime: men and women, girls and boys who are brought to Denver and forced to work as prostitutes.

"It's basically slavery," Ocello says. And on Sunday, when the Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in Denver, Ocello's employees (read: strip club dancers, waitresses, etc.) intend to do something about it.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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