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More details revealed in local human trafficking case

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Mar 30 2014 11:42:46 AM CDT

Neighbors respond to arrests of three women connected with four spas and massage parlors.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

One of three women arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and pimping is scheduled to appear before a judge Monday.

Myong Bogdany of Pueblo remained in the El Paso County jail Saturday night. Two other suspects, Covie King and Myong Moon of Colorado Springs, are free on bond. Information about their court appearances was unavailable Saturday.

Meanwhile, more details surfaced about alleged activities inside several spas and massage parlors owned and operated by the women.

According to one report, the businesses offered sex acts to customers or paid to recruit prostitutes for the establishments.

That fits what Amber Bingham said she's been told by people who visited the businesses.

"I've known multiple people who have visited these establishments and have been offered favors in return for monetary compensation, for sure," she said. "Two people went there with (sex) specifically the reason they went, and then another person I know, was surprised. Very surprised."

Although authorities wouldn't identify the businesses involved, KRDO NewsChannel 13 checked state property records and found the suspects' names identified as owners or operators of four affected businesses.

One of the businesses is behind a tobacco shop in the 3300 block of West Colorado Avenue. It was closed when a KRDO NewsChannel 13 crew went there.

Valentino Barraza, an employee at a restaurant next door, said he saw Bogdany, the suspect listed by records as the owner, taken into custody.

"I've seen people coming late at night, at hours that are ungodly, I guess," he said. "Hours that people wouldn't come normally. They stay there all the time, they never really leave. They park in the Safeway parking lot and walk over. We saw it all, but we minded our own business."

Records connect King with a closed business in the 4600 block of Park Vista Boulevard near the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Barnes Road on the city's east side.

Eldon Saunders, who lives across the street from the business, said he regularly saw a stream of men visiting the establishment at night.

"There used to be a red light at the entrance," he said.

However, Saunders said traffic at the business stopped recently.

Records also connect the suspects to two businesses near Fort Carson.

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