Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Human Trafficking & Child Exploitation
CBI has a dedicated investigative team that assists local Colorado law enforcement in identifying, investigating, and abolishing human trafficking across the state. This team also investigates related sex crimes, to include child sexual abusive material and various other online sexual crimes.
We are partnered with the Colorado State Patrol Smuggling and Trafficking Interdiction Unit as well as the Homeland Security Investigations Colorado Cyber Guardian Task Force, all of which have similar goals and missions when it comes to defeating these heinous crimes against generally women and children.
CBI also provides training related to human trafficking to law enforcement agencies, organizations, that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking, any organization, group, or agency that would benefit from such training, and more. Training focuses on identification and resources for victims of human trafficking.
CBI Human Trafficking In the News
October 2020 - 8 men arrested during child prostitution sting in Colorado Springs
December 2019 - 2 men arrested in southern Colorado human trafficking operation
September 2019 - Firefighter among 9 people cited in child sex sting
April 2019 - 11th arrest as part of sting operation targeting child sex predators
Human Trafficking in Colorado
Colorado statute defines two kinds of human trafficking: labor trafficking and sex trafficking.
Click on the tabs to learn about the different types of human trafficking that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation will investigate.
To find more information on Laws & Legislation, please visit the Colorado Human Trafficking Council.
As defined by the National Human Trafficking Hotline: Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
Labor trafficking includes situations of debt bondage, forced labor, and involuntary child labor. Labor traffickers use violence, threats, lies, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many industries.
Common types of labor trafficking include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions with little to no pay.
In Colorado, the crime of labor trafficking can be found under Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-503 and is defined as:
“A person who knowingly sells, recruits, harbors, transports, transfers, isolates, entices, provides, receives, or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of coercing the other person to perform labor or services commits human trafficking for involuntary servitude.”
CRS 18-3-503 makes it a felony under Colorado state law to traffic anyone for involuntary servitude.
As defined by the National Human Trafficking Hotline: Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
Sex traffickers frequently target victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry for their own profit.
Sex trafficking exists within diverse and unique sets of venues and businesses including fake massage businesses, escort services, residential brothels, in public on city streets and in truck stops, strip clubs, hostess clubs, hotels and motels, and elsewhere.
In Colorado, the crime of sex trafficking of adults and minors if the victim is under 18 years of age can be found under Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-504 and is defined as:
"A person who knowingly sells, recruits, harbors, transports, transfers, isolates, entices, provides, receives, or obtains by any means another person for the purpose of coercing the person to engage in commercial sexual activity commits human trafficking for sexual servitude."
CRS 18-3-504 makes it a felony under Colorado state law to traffic anyone for sexual servitude.
What Do I Do if I Have Information?
Submit a Trafficking Tip to the Investigative Team
Please fill out the form to submit a tip to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Investigative team.
For us to help you, please be as descriptive as possible. You have the option to add images if there are any included in your tip.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation is a law enforcement assist agency, which means that we will need to get the local law enforcement agency where the crime took place involved, if they are not already. If they are already involved, please understand that they will need to request our assistance for us to assist in the investigation.
If you have any further questions, please email:
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