Robbed of Freedom, Right Here in Colorado

Colorado Springs man tied to Asian sex-slave operation gets 10 years in prison on child pornography charges.
A Colorado Springs man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after Homeland Security Investigations agents found 700,000 child pornography images including pictures depicting sadomasochistic sex abuse of preteen children.
Denver U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello on Thursday also sentenced 64-year-old Michael Lyle Blair to serve seven years of supervised release following prison. Arguello ordered him to pay $21,000 in restitution to seven child victims.
Blair pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

“Blair stole more than innocence with the 700,000 images he obtained. For years he left a trail of silent victims,” U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said. “With this sentence, those victims are finally heard. And Blair will pay every day for the next 10 years in federal prison.”
Prior to his arrest in March 2017, HSI agents had been investigating Blair, his wife, Sona Blair, and other co-conspirators in a human trafficking network. They were bringing Asian females to the U.S. and forcing them into lives of prostitution. Sona Blair charged the women $200 for transportation from Denver International Airport and then drove them to massage parlors where she forced them into prostitution, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
During a Dec. 12, 2013, search of the Blair’s home they discovered a computer and external hard drives containing hundreds of thousands of child pornography in folders called “hardcore childporn” and “kinderporn.”
Blair and Sona Blair, 58, were originally charged with multiple counts of trafficking adults in the sex trade in June 2013. In a plea deal with the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, each of them pleaded guilty to one count of pimping. Blair and his wife were sentenced to four years probation.

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