Prostitution alleged in arrests of 15 immigrants
Fifteen illegal immigrants have been arrested on suspicion of running brothels on the Front Range and in Glenwood Springs.
The ring, known as “Mi Casa Su Casa,” operated 11 brothels in Colorado, Attorney General John Suthers said.
Each of the brothels “were blights on the community,” Suthers said in a statement.
The Glenwood Springs brothel at 52089 U.S. Highway 6 was operated by three of the suspects, Efrain Barajas-Castro, Cristobal Berron Ocampo and Isidro Cortes-Sanchez, according to the 13-count indictment.
The three distributed business cards that listed phone numbers that directed clients to the brothel.
At each location, the indictment said, ”watchmen” at the brothels would collect $40 to $50 from each patron for 15 minutes of sex. After the patrons paid for sex, they would receive a glass bead or other object to give the prostitutes to show they had paid.
The house would split the money with the prostitutes, according to the indictment.
Mi Casa Su Casa was headed by Sonia Montoya-Cadena, 54, and operated brothels between Dec. 30, 2006, and April 16, 2009, at locations throughout the state, the indictment said. The Denver brothels were located at 1521 N. Yosemite St.; 1552 W. Alameda; 540 Perry St.; 4169 W. Kentucky; 3745 Pecos St.; 3054 Dakota Ave.; 4855 Washington St.; 2727 W. 33rd Ave.; and 2841 W. 24th Ave.
The Longmont brothel was located at 14 Ninth Ave.