Gang members, customers indicted for sex-trafficking in Colorado

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DENVER — The Colorado Attorney General’s Office said it has indicted eight gang members and four of their customers on charges that they participated in a prostitution ring operating across in several cities across the state.

According to a press release, the sex-trafficking and pimping-related syndicate involved the exploitation of juvenile girls, and operated in Aurora, Commerce City, Lakewood, Parker and Colorado Springs.

“Moreover,” Attorney General John Suthers said, “the men who paid for sex with minors will be brought to justice.”

The underage girls rescued from the operation are receiving treatment in undisclosed locations, according to the release.

Suthers’ release also stated that Lawrence Richard Martinez, 22, Reginald James Ryan, 31, and Angela Jeanine Ryan, 42, all identified themselves as members of the Crips gang upon arrest. Robert Kenth Drinkwater-Mills, 19, Lewis Jerome Smith, 42, Mercedes Devon Sanders, 22, Phaedra Lanee Robinson, 42, and Hollie Gene Mintour, 40, made up the rest of the trafficking ring, according to the release.

Hayatullah Khazi, 28, Grant Richard Schoengarth, 32, Richard Neil Gottbreht, 63, and Nathan Theodore Hom, 36, all stand accused of soliciting for child prostitution and patronizing and prostituted child.