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Arrests made in human trafficking investigation

Published On: Aug 28 2014 03:27:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2014 07:36:52 PM CDT

Arrests made in human trafficking investigation


The Colorado Springs Police Human Trafficking Unit arrested three women after vice operations at massage parlors in Colorado Springs Tuesday (8/26) afternoon.

These operations were conducted to identify victims of human and sex trafficking in Colorado Springs.  Arrests were made for human trafficking, pimping, pandering, providing a place for prostitution and suspicion of prostitution.

Police say Sang White is 64, while Arworn Hamilton and Misook Sledge are in their 40s. They were all arrested.

The arrests happened at World Therapy Massage and Sakura Therapy.

Police Sgt. Craig Simpson said human trafficking crimes are not receiving much attention.

"It is definitely a problem in Colorado Springs and one that a vast majority of community members are not aware of," he said. 

Two adult females were identified as victims of human trafficking and were offered services to help in their recovery.

The Human Trafficking Unit was created in January of this year.  Since then, 25 juvenile victims and 34 adult victims of commercial sexual exploitation have been recovered.  The unit has also arrested seven pimps, five johns and recovered more than $38,000 in cash.


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