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    Arvada Man Charged with Operating a Sex Trafficking Ring

    A 35-year-old Arvada man has been arrested and charged with operating a multi-jurisdictional sex trafficking ring in the Denver metro area. Joe Avalos, DOB: 5-13-78, is alleged to have provided drugs to young women in exchange for them having sex with strangers.

    According to court documents, between January and October 2013, Avalos committed pimping, pandering, kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing free methamphetamine to young women as part of a human trafficking ring. He is alleged to have run the operation out of his home at 11947 W. 58th Place in Arvada.

    There are five female victims named in this case: two juveniles ages 15 and 16; and three young adult females, ages 18, 18 and 20. The primary juvenile victim, age 16, lived with Avalos at his home in Arvada.

    Avalos is accused of attempting to coerce the 15-year-old teen into prostitution by giving her methamphetamine. He is also accused of sexual assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and kidnapping the 16-year-old teen that lived with him at the house in Arvada. The kidnapping charge stems from his alleged enticement of the child with the promise of methamphetamine in exchange for her having sex with strangers for money.

    The adult women were allegedly lured with free methamphetamine into the commercial sex trade. Avalos orchestrated the advertisement of the women and scheduled the calls. He drove them to the jobs at motels in the metro area and provided protection for the women. He would sit in his car, armed with a gun, waiting for them to finish the job. Avalos then collected the money.

    This is a joint investigation between the Arvada Police Department, FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force and the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

    Avalos has been charged with 17 counts in this case, including Kidnapping, Pandering of a Child, Pimping, Sexual Assault, Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Keeping a Place of Prostitution, and Attempting to Pimp a Child.

    He is currently in custody at the Jefferson County Detention Center with four unrelated pending criminal cases. In those cases he has been accused of Sexual Assault of a Child, Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Identity Theft and Aiding Escape.

    Avalos was in court on March 4 to be advised of the charges filed against him and has until March 11 to request a preliminary hearing. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    March 5, 2014

    Joe Avalos

    Last Updated: 3-5-2014
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