Human trafficking arrest in Colorado Springs

Colorado State Patrol
 

Press Release

www.csp.state.co.us

 

Sergeant Mike Baker

Public Information Officer

303-239-4583

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                      Date:     December 12, 2013          Time:     5:05p.m.

 

 

The Colorado State Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies concluded a seven-month investigation into allegations of human trafficking with the arrest of Sona An Blair, a 54-year-old female from the Colorado Springs area.

Ms. Blair was arrested this morning without incident.  She has been booked into the El Paso County Jail and charged with the following:

  • 18-3-501(1)(a) Trafficking in Adults (F3)

  • 18-7-206 Pimping (F3)

  • 18-5-309 Money Laundering (F3)

  • 18-7-203(1)(b) Pandering (M3)

“I’m very proud of the work that troopers and fellow law enforcement officers have invested in this case,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.  “These crimes deal with a dark underworld of deceit and deception that ultimately can cost people their lives.”

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,” said Kumar C. Kibble, special agent in charge of HSI Denver.  “HSI actively works with our law enforcement partners to identify and pursue prosecution of human traffickers to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Colorado State Patrol’s Smuggling and Trafficking Interdiction Section was assisted by the Colorado Springs Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Fountain Police Department.  At this time there is no other information to be released as the investigation continues to unfold. 

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