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Kiowa County is a county in Colorado with a population of approximately 1,000 residents, making it the fifth-least populous county in Colorado. Its county seat is Eads. Although prostitution and sex trafficking are not significant issues in the county, cases of their occurrence have been documented.
To curtail prostitution activity in the county, the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with other local, state, and federal agencies, has conducted at least one web-based reverse sting operation focused on reducing the demand for prostitution and sex trafficking in the county. For example, in 2019, a multi-agency operation focused on targeting individuals attempting to engage in illegal activities involving children in Colorado was conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Eads. Officers posted decoy advertisements on websites known for prostitution and sex trafficking and communicated with potential sex buyers. As a result of the investigation, two Kiowa County men were arrested on child sex trafficking charges. One of the offenders fled the scene upon arriving to the predetermined location, leading law enforcement on a chase that ended on State Highway 297. The CBI said no one was injured during the pursuit but a Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office vehicle did sustain significant damage. According to reports, in communications with undercover officers, both offenders were seeking to engage in the sexual exploitation of a minor in exchange for money. The offenders were arrested on soliciting for child prostitution and related charges. Their identities and images were included in reports by local media outlets.
- Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office
- Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
- Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/two-men-arrested-in-southern-colorado-human-trafficking-operation (2019)
- https://www.lamarledger.com/two-men-arrested-for-human-trafficking-in-eads (2019)
- https://www.denverpost.com/human-trafficking-kiowa-county-arrests (2019)
- https://www.kktv.com/content/news/2-arrested-in-eastern-Colorado-for-child-sex-crime-allegations (2019)
- https://cbi.colorado.gov/news-article/two-arrested-in-southern-colorado-human-trafficking-operation (2019)
- https://kiowasheriff.co/december-2019-arrest-report (2019)
- https://gazette.com/news/two-colorado-springs-area-men-arrested-in-human-trafficking-operation (2019)
Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: