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Colorado Springs Police make multiple arrests in human trafficking investigation

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 18:28:56-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police announced Tuesday that they have made multiple arrests in a human trafficking investigation that began in September.

According to CSPD, the department began an investigation into the Travelodge Hotel located at 2625 Ore Mill Road in September. The investigation began after multiple reports were received about ongoing criminal activity, violent crimes, human trafficking, and narcotics violations occurring at the hotel.

CSPD said their investigation revealed that suspects were using rooms at the hotel to run a prostitution ring.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 multiple warrants were executed at the hotel and the following individuals were arrested in relation to the investigation.

Stephanie Milan, 48-years-old, manager of Travelodge: arrested for C.R.S 18-3-504 Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude (F3); C.R.S. 18-7-206 Pimping (F3)

Ronald Rutherford, 52-years-old, maintenance staff at Travelodge: arrested for C.R.S 18-3-504 Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude (F3); C.R.S. 18-7-206 Pimping (F3)

Edward Wayne Monroe, 40-years-old, tenant of Travelodge: arrested for C.R.S 18-3-504 Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude (F3); C.R.S. 18-7-206 Pimping (F3)

Felipe Salazar, 37-years-old, tenant of the Travelodge; arrested for felony narcotics charges

During the execution of these search warrants, eight other individuals were arrested for various offenses unrelated to the original investigation, CSPD said.

The investigation regarding the Travelodge is still ongoing and CSPD requests any person with information on the hotel, criminal activity, or suspects to please contact Lt. John Koch at 719-444-7506.