Alena Rust and Edwin Coriano busted for sex trafficking after prostitution sting

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Alena Rust in a pic from her Facebook page. Additional photos and more below.
Prostitution stings remain controversial in part because many observers see such acts as victimless crimes -- except when a sex worker is the victim.

That was allegedly the case for a 28-year-old woman, who says she was brought from Missouri to Colorado and forced to prostitute herself -- offenses for which Edwin Coriano and Alena Rust have been formally charged. Photos, probable cause statements and details below.

Rust's Facebook page remains online at this writing and includes self-portraits like this one....

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and this one....

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...as well as an image from April that shows her alongside someone who looks a lot like Coriano:

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Around two months later, on June 19, Rust and Coriano posed individually for a very different type of photo owing to reasons outlined in probable cause statements on view below.

According to the documents, the FBI Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force was conducting an undercover operation when an investigator stumbled upon an ad for "Nikita" in the adult entertainment/escort section of Backpage.com. (The site was previously associated with Westword via the paper's parent company, but all connections between this publication and backpage.com have been severed.)

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The Howard Johnson where the original bust took place.
An undercover investigator called the number in the ad and made arrangements to meet "Nikita" in room 244 of the Howard Johnson outlet at 4765 North Federal Boulevard. Upon contacting her, they learned that the "people making her do this" were very nearby, in room 242.

The couple in room 242 turned out to be Rust and Coriano. She was arrested right away, while he was eventually taken into custody after initially refusing to come out.

Afterward, "Nikita" told investigators that the pair had transported her from Missouri to Denver and "confined her to a room and made her conduct acts of prostitution." She also claimed she had to give all the money she earned to Coriano.

The Denver District Attorney's Office has now charged Coriano and Rust with three felonies apiece: trafficking in adults, pimping and pandering. Their next court appearance is slated for July 15.

Look below to see mug shots for Coriano and Rust, followed by their probable cause statements.

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Edwin Coriano.

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Alena Rust.

Edwin Coriano and Alena Rust Probable Cause Statements

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa February 21: "Aubrey Lloyd, human trafficking survivor, tells her story of victimization and redemption."

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9 comments
zandraiii
zandraiii

Of course there always is the stereotypical black pimp in the story somewhere isn't there? Don't take rides from the sticks to the big city with people who look anything like these two. Have granny buy you a bus ticket.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

She looks so much better in her Facebook pictures, the mugshot shows the pics are a lie

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 (The site was previously associated with Westword via the paper's parent company, but all connections between this publication and backpage.com have been severed.)


Wasteword now runs its own Pimp and Pandering Pages under the guise of "escorts" and "massages".

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@stanley1 @muhutdafuga @fishingblues @DonkeyHotay

Wasn't it fishingforyounghairlessboys the one asking about where he can have some "conservative fun?

Yeah, I've studied conservative behavior along with other lower species such as yourself.  But you're off topic.  While we're off topic, see if you made the list:


Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker of Nashua, New Hampshire is a convicted child molester.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano of Waterbury, Connecticut is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8 and 10-year old girls.

Republican Mayor John Gosek of Oswego, New York was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz of Richland County, Ohio pled guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain of Monroe County, Pennsylvania was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth of Kannapolis, N.C., is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader of Witchita, Kansas pled guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency of Camden, New Jersey pled guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge of Soputhbay, California was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz of Des Moines, Iowa, who George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

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