FBI recovers 18 children in Colo. and Wyo. during sex trafficking raid

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(Photo: FBI Denver Division)

(Photo: FBI Denver Division)

DENVER -- During a week-long operation to address commercial child sex trafficking, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Denver Division, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, recovered 18 juveniles in Colorado and Wyoming being victimized by prostitution.

According to the FBI, Operation Cross Country VIII, which is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative established in 2003, involved 23 law enforcement partners spanning from Casper, Wyoming to Pueblo and led to the arrest of 11 pimps as well as the recovery of the 18 victims.

Participating agencies included the 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 and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

To date, the OCC VIII is responsible for the recovery of nearly 3,600 victims and investigations have led to about 1,450 convictions, the FBI said.