Pueblo police arrest six, cite 16 in human trafficking bust


PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo police have arrested six people and cited 16 others as part of a nationwide anti-human trafficking operation.

Operation Cross County ran from October 5-10. The goal of the nationwide operation was to disrupt human trafficking, specifically commercial sex trafficking.

Pueblo police worked with the FBI, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation to target prostitutes and johns, in hopes of recovering underage sex trafficking victims.

Police said 16 people were cited and released for soliciting prostitution. One other person was jailed after police discovered he had an out-of-state felony drug warrant.

Police arrested five people on prostitution charges. Three of them are also facing drug-related charges, including possession of meth and distribution of cocaine.

Pueblo police said no underage prostitution arrests were made during their local operation.

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