New details in Colorado Springs attempted child trafficking arrest

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman arrested last month in Colorado Springs is facing several charges including attempted child trafficking.

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The suspect had a court appearance Thursday, where a new court date was set for May 17. Arrest papers from the suspect's case reveal new details.

On March 15 around 10:45 p.m. detectives with the Colorado Springs police's Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit along with Homeland Security Investigation Bureau, wrapped up a nearly year-long undercover investigation when an arrest was made.

The woman arrested, 34-year-old Kyasha Tisdale, faces eight charges. All but one are felonies. They include attempted human trafficking of a child, attempted inducement of child prostitution, attempted pimping of a child, attempted procurement of a child, attempted pandering of a child, attempted contributing to the delinquency of a child, attempted pimping and a misdemeanor of pandering.

Police said Tisdale was actively working to put together an all-female prostitution ring. She was reportedly operating out of several states including California, Arizona, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana.

According to arrest papers, the investigation began in August 2017. A human trafficking investigator posted an online advertisement through Backpage that was geared toward buyers looking to pay for sex services by minors.

A couple days after the undercover detective posted the ad, Tisdale reportedly texted the investigator while she was staying in Texas. The investigator pretended to be a woman working as a trafficker with her 16-year-old sister.

That led to a string of texts and conversations through March 2018, where Tisdale eventually said she wanted to be a team and would make her way to Colorado Springs.

She arranged to meet up with the undercover detective at the downtown Colorado Springs Greyhound bus station at 120 S. Weber Street. Once she showed up, she was arrested.

Prior to her arrival in Colorado, she also reportedly had plans to extort money from inmates. She was allegedly planning to create fake social media profiles pretending to be underage girls, where she reportedly planned to have the inmates send photos. From there, arrest papers say she was planning to tell them, "if you don't want to get in trouble then you're gonna pay."

Detectives also later learned that while she was in Arizona, she befriended a 17-year-old woman. That person was found to be a reported runaway from Utah. She was contacted by police and returned to her family. The investigation in that case is now ongoing.

Tisdale is now being held in the El Paso County jail on a $50,000 bond.