(Feb. 21) – The House voted today to designate today as Human Trafficking Awareness Advocacy Day.
SJR13-015, sponsored in the House by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver), recognizes that prostitution and other forms of human trafficking are a serious problem in Colorado and across the nation.
Over the last five years, the Denver Police Department and a Denver-based FBI task force have conducted nearly 200 human trafficking investigations leading to nearly 150 arrests. Many of the cases involved the sexual exploitation of children.
“This is really a critical issue for us,” Rep. McCann told the House, recalling that one of her first cases as a Denver prosecutor involved a girl who was accosted on Colfax Avenue and turned into a prostitute.
The resolution was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins).