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Two women from Colorado Springs, one from Pueblo arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping

By Jesse Paul, the gazette - Published: March 28, 2014

Three women were arrested Monday on suspicion of human trafficking and pimping in Colorado Springs and Pueblo following a multi-agency undercover investigation.

Covie King and Myong Moon, both of Colorado Springs, and Myong Bogdany of Pueblo, were arrested during a joint operation of the Colorado State Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, the Colorado Springs Police Department's Vice/Narcotics/Intelligence Division and the Pueblo Police Department.

The three women are suspected of being involved in the sale of sex at local spas. Law enforcement did not release the names of the spas involved in the arrests.

Bogdany has ties to a Colorado Springs woman, Sona Blair, 54, who was arrested in December on suspicion of trafficking in adults, pimping, money laundering and pandering.

Bogdany is the registered business owner of Healing Art Relaxation Spa on West Colorado Avenue between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs, according to records from the Colorado Secretary of State. Bogdany's spa was implicated in Blair's arrest.

The Colorado State Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations conducted a five-month investigation of Blair, alleging that she was a major figure in a local illegal sex ring.

Investigators observed Blair shuttling women between various massage parlors in Colorado Springs where they were slated to work as prostitutes, according to court documents. Police said an informant told them that Blair charged $200 to transport women from Denver International Airport to local spas.

The informant also told police that Blair was involved in "every massage parlor in Colorado Springs," according to an arrest affidavit.

One of those massage parlors was Bogdany's Healing Art Relaxation, where investigators say they saw Blair drop off two women for what they believed to be for the purpose of prostitution.

The Colorado State Patrol would not immediately comment Friday on any connection between the December arrest and Monday's arrests, nor release details about what it calls an ongoing investigation.

Healing Art Relaxation is located in a strip mall near a Safeway, adjacent to a motel and next door to a tobacco shop.

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