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Gazette Premium Content 6 accused of running child-prostitution ring in Colorado

Associated Press Updated: February 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

GOLDEN — Six people have been arrested on charges of running a child prostitution ring in suburban Denver that gave methamphetamine to three teenage girls and forced them to have sex with ring members and others.

Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir said Thursday one girl was 13 and two were 16. He says all were runaways who were lured with drugs.

Weir says the ring took drugs or money in exchange for forcing the girls to have sex with others from December 2011 until November 2012.

The alleged ringleader faces charges including trafficking of a child, sexual assault on a child and child prostitution. The others face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and one also faces a child-prostitution charge.

A seventh person was still being sought.

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