Crime

Group Of Alleged Child Sex Traffickers Charged In Colorado

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Seven people in Arapahoe County, Colorado, have been indicted by a grand jury on 59 charges for allegedly running a child sex-trafficking ring based in the Denver area. 

According to the indictment, Brock Franklin, Michelle Payne, Isis Debreaux, Donye Johnson, David Fullenwiley Jones, Brandon Garrison and Ralph Jones forced three underage girls and one woman into prostitution, KDVR reported. The indictment was filed Nov. 6, 2015, and unsealed on Dec. 29.

Franklin, 29, who was named as the ringleader, faces 48 charges, but the group members also face charges including kidnapping, keeping a place of child prostitution, pimping of a child, soliciting for child prostitution, and assault with a deadly weapon, among others. All of the seven members of the group have been arrested except for Jones, whose arrest is pending.

The group allegedly forced the victims to have sex in Denver-area hotels and took the payment they received for themselves between 2014 and the summer 2015. It’s unclear how old the victims were, but authorities said they were required to meet daily quotas.

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Franklin used Facebook to recruit his victims and then met them at clubs and hotels.

"Franklin routinely gave the victims controlled substances and used violence and drugs to control (them) and coerce them into engaging in commercial sex acts for his financial gain," the indictment reads, according to the Denver Post.

"It stands out,” Amanda Finger, executive director of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking in Denver, told the Post. "It's a really impressive indictment from the state. In particular, it stands out [among] other recent cases because of the large number of people who have been indicted.”

Sources: KDVR, Denver Post / Photo credit: Arapahoe County Court via KDVR, KWGN