Authorities arrest 9 people, rescue at-risk youth in Johnstown prostitution sting
January 12, 2017
JOHNSTOWN — Northern Colorado law enforcement officers arrested nine adults and rescued an at-risk youth following an undercover prostitution sting.
Johnstown police said in a news release Thursday officers from the Johnstown, Loveland, Fort Collins and Evans police departments conducted the operation along with Larimer County sheriff's deputies, Homeland Security officers and FBI agents.
Officers responded to ads posted on various escort websites and scheduled appointments for sexual services in exchange for payment. When the women showed up, they were taken into custody on suspicion of solicitation for prostitution, the release stated.
The operation took place in the area of Interstate 25 Frontage Road and Larimer County Road 16, which is in Johnstown, about 5 miles southwest of Greeley.
Also during the operation, authorities stopped a vehicle associated with one of the women suspected of prostitution. That led to two men being arrested and the at-risk youth being taken into protective custody.
One of the men was arrested in connection with outstanding warrants. The other was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.
In the release, authorities stated they plan to conduct similar sting operations in the future.
The names of those arrested were not immediately released. No reason was given for withholding the names, and a Johnstown police spokesman was not immediately available to answer questions.