Even though we might not notice, it happens everywhere.
Sex trafficking is one of the most pervasive, yet one of the most undetectable forms of organized crime in the U.S., and it has its presence right here in sleepy Fort Collins.
It might be easy to assume that this wholesome community of Christians and pacifists is not conducive to that industry, but brothels have been exposed in the past, including one in 2003 that operated under the guise of a tanning salon.
Colorado is home to an unfortunately vibrant sex trade because it hosts one of the largest international airports in the country, allowing a steady flow of human product.
This was exacerbated by the recent Democratic National Convention in Denver, after which the trade boomed.
The industry has caused the lives of many otherwise innocent women â€“â€“Â and men â€“â€“ to spiral out of control. They become victims of physical and emotional violence by their captors, often not escaping for decades.
But thanks to the attention and efforts of students like Tim Hickory, the senior construction management major featured on the front page of todayâ€™s Collegian, and his organization, Not For Sale, some sex trade operations are exposed to the public.
The more people know about trafficking, the easier it will be to stop traffickers from exploiting their victims.
The Collegian would like to encourage students to get involved in or start their own similar efforts, which promote awareness of the problem and investigate this horrible industry when police forces â€“â€“Â including the Fort Collins Police Services â€“â€“Â fail to.