54-year-old Colorado Springs woman arrested on human trafficking and pimping charges

Sona An Blair taken into custody Thursday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A 54-year-old Colorado Springs woman was arrested Thursday as the result of a 7-month investigation into human trafficking, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Sona An Blai was arrested without incident and booked into the El Paso County Jail facing three felony charges -- trafficking in adults, pimping and money laundering. She is also facing a misdemeanor charge of pandering.

The CSP and several other law enforcement agencies worked on the case for several months.

"I'm very proud of the work that troopers and fellow law enforcement officers have invested in this case," said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "These crimes deal with a dark underworld of deceit and deception that ultimately can cost people their lives."

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,"  said Kumar C. Kibble, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Denver.  "HSI actively works with our law enforcement partners to identify and pursue prosecution of human traffickers to the fullest extent of the law."

The CSP's Smuggling and Trafficking Interdiction Section was assisted by the Colorado Springs Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Fountain Police Department. 

The CSP did not say how many victims there were, how old they were, where they came from and their current conditions. CSP only said that it "would not release any other information as the investigation continues to unfold."

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