Attorney General announces indictment against Denver men involved in domestic sex trafficking

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has secured an indictment for Dallas Colby Cardenas (DOB: 9/3/1991) and Ryan Keith Jenkins (DOB: 1/25/1987) on suspicion that they engaged in human trafficking during May 2010 and June 2010.

According to the indictment, Cardenas trafficked an 18-year-old female and a 17-year-old female and forced both to participate in prostitution in the Denver and Lakewood areas. Cardenas forced each victim to pose for photos used in Craigslist ads and coerced the two victims to have sex with individuals who responded to the advertisements.

Jenkins, according to the indictment, is suspected of conspiracy to pimp the 18-year-old victim. Jenkins also is suspected of possessing of Ecstasy, a Schedule I controlled substance. Investigators discovered the drug during a search of Jenkins’ Denver apartment.

The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment with the assistance of the Denver Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General will present its case against the defendants in Jefferson County District Court.

The case will be prosecuted by Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Drake, a member of the Colorado Human Trafficking Task Force.


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