Denver couple accused of human trafficking; each charged with keeping a place of prostitution

DENVER - A Denver couple has been accused of running a business leasing women for sex.

Joshua and Diana Billingslea are each charged with five counts of human trafficking, as well as pimping, keeping a place of prostitution and pandering.

"The charges allege that the couple committed trafficking in adults by leasing women for prostitution purposes," said Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver District Attorney's office. "The charges further allege that they were running a prostitution business under the guise of a massage business."

According to state records, Joshua Billingslea incorporated a business in 2012 called Touch of Denver, located in an office park at 8811 E. Hampden Ave., in Denver.

In 2007, Joshua Billingslea was arrested in Lakewood on misdemeanor charges of making harassing phone calls and domestic violence, according to Colorado arrest records.

In the current case, both Joshua and Diana Billingslea have been released from custody on a $25,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27 to be advised of the charges against them.

There are an estimated 2.5 million human trafficking victims at any given time, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.