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Colorado groups working to stem the tide of human trafficking, which often le underaged girls and boys into prostitution, are gearing up for the Democratic National Convention and hoping to build bridges to better assist victims in the future. The DNC is expected to bring more than 35, people to Denver and, as with any large-scale event, prostitutes and their pimps are expected to follow to serve the temporary population bump.
The of prostitutes who will arrive for the convention is impossible to calculate, according to activists and law enforcement. But police officials and advocates who work to stop the commercial sexual exploitation say moving prostitutes in and out of Colorado is always big business. Prostitution arrests in areas surrounding the Boston DNC and Los Angeles DNC dropped from the same time the respective years because law enforcement was concentrating on security issues rather than prostitution busts, according to a Boston Herald report.
An average of Denver homeless youths are involved in sex trafficking each night, according to a study by Urban Peak, a Colorado nonprofit. Ryan said police follow up on every tip they receive about prostitution and human trafficking.
Security for the DNC will require all available Denver police officers as well as those from surrounding cities, Ryan said. Polaris held its third training session June 9 at the Mile High United Way for students, social service providers and attorneys interested in recognizing the s of sex trafficking — with an emphasis on minors.
By the time she was 16, she was having sex with johns in a Denver hotel room. Eventually law enforcement arrested and convicted her pimp, who is now servingnine years in prisonand returned Amanda to her home state after providing her with health care and psychological counseling.
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