14 Indicted In Child Prostitution, Human-Trafficking Ring
4 Named As Ringleaders In Statewide Operation, State AG Says
POSTED: 3:57 pm MST January 30, 2012
UPDATED: 10:38 pm MST January 30, 2012
DENVER -- A 70-count indictment names 14 individuals suspected of running and patronizing a human-trafficking ring that used children for sex at locations ranging from Denver to Grand Junction.Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced the indictments Monday. Read the indictment."Human trafficking and child prostitution are tragic crimes, from the devastating effects they have on their victims to the mere fact that the use and sale of persons persists in our world today," Suthers said. "This indictment underlines law enforcement’s commitment to vigorously investigate and prosecute any and all cases of human trafficking we encounter."
Patrick Lloyd McGowan, 22; Chad Armand Gow, 20; Roy Manuel Ibarra-Gonzales, 20; and Bryan Steven Burns, 20, oversaw a human trafficking ring that involved the prostitution of children as well as the sale of methamphetamine and cocaine, according to the indictments.McGowan, Gow, Ibarra-Gonzales and Burns are suspected of arranging "out calls" for the child victims through the Internet and coercing their victims through the use of drugs and threats of violence, Suthers said. The three are suspected of transporting children to locations in Denver, Boulder, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Lakewood for sex, he said.