Wyoming agencies work with FBI on Commercial Child Sex Trafficking crackdown

(Casper, Wyo.) – During the past week, the FBI Denver Division, its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners conducted Operation Cross Country (OCC) VIII to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the region. The local operation included 23 law enforcement agencies from Casper, Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado, which led to the recovery of 18 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 11 pimps were arrested on state and pending federal charges.

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

To date, nationwide, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered nearly 3,600 children from being exploited. The investigations and subsequent 1,450 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 14 life in prison sentences.

Task force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further developed this evidence in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

Read the details of a Casper arrest from Operation Cross Country at our sister site, OilCityWyo.com.

The Innocence Lost National Initiative brings local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers from across the country to NCMEC for training.

The Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition (CTOCC) and their partners worked with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force assisting to target males soliciting for prostitution.

The FBI Denver Division would like to thank its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners representing more than 23 separate agencies who participated in Operation Cross Country VIII and their ongoing enforcement efforts.

A total of 206 law enforcement personnel in Colorado/Wyoming worked on OCC VIII.

Participating Law Enforcement Agencies Included:

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

Arvada Police Department

Aurora Police Department

Casper Police Department

Colorado Springs Police Department

Colorado State Patrol

Denver Police Department

Department of Homeland Security

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Glendale Police Department

Grand Junction Police Department

Greeley Police Department

Internal Revenue Service

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Lakewood Police Department

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office

Pueblo Police Department

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

Western Colorado Drug Task Force

Westminster Police Department

Wheat Ridge Police Department

Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation


OCC VIII – 2014

18 juvenile’s recovered
11 pimps arrested
11 pimps identified
38 adults cited/arrested for prostitution

26 adult victims/prostitutes contacted
68 Johns arrested
6 adults arrested for other crimes

By comparison, below are the accomplishments in Colorado/Wyoming from OCC VII (2013) and OCC VI (2012):

OCC VII – 2013
9 juveniles recovered
6 pimps arrested
11 pimps identified
51 adults cited/arrested for prostitution
25 Johns arrested
6 adults arrested for other crimes

OCC VI – 2012
2 juveniles recovered
3 pimps arrested
31 adults cited/arrested for prostitution
26 Johns arrested
5 adults arrested for other crimes

–Majority of the content provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation