Most Southern Coloradans drive on I-25, and KKTV is learning it plays a large role in local human trafficking.
El Paso County Commissioners took a stand against the problem on Tuesday morning by signing a proclamation.
County commissioners are trying to tackle human trafficking head on in El Paso County. There are more than 200,000 reported cases in the United States, and dozens are in Colorado.
Commissioners also talked about an organization called “Sarah’s Home,” a safe place for underage girls that helps them recover after being rescued from trafficking.
“This a very dark, dark side of humans and of El Paso County that's going on here. We want to be able to identify those kids who are at risk, and who are in this industry who are put into this industry against their will, who are being so egregiously harmed, and do what we can to get them out of it,” said Amy Lathen, El Paso County Commissioner, Vice Chair.
One of the reasons commissioners signed the proclamation is to say they support investigators who search for these victims, and they hope the suspects caught are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Investigators say human trafficking is one of the most lucrative industries in the world, second to drug trafficking.