PORTLAND, Oregon – A child prostitute was rescued and 20 adult women were cited for prostitution after undercover operations were conducted by police and the FBI in Eugene and Portland last week.
Coordinated law-enforcement stings occurred June 18- June 22. Many of the adult prostitutes had been trafficked since they were 13 or 14 years old, according to the Oregon FBI field office.
Social service providers worked with victims to provide counseling, mental health services, medical assistance and housing, agents said. Other adults arrested include:
- Joseph McKenzie, 41 , charged with promoting prostitution, arrested by Portland police
- Courtney L. Milan, 23, charged with promoting prostitution arrested by Beaverton police
- Alexandra R. Roberts, 22, charged with promoting prostitution, arrested by Eugene police
The actions were part of Operation Cross Country VIII, which included law enforcement raids in 106 cities across the country, agents said.
"Sex traffickers are selling kids - our kids - every day in motels, on the street and in our neighborhoods,” said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Over time, the children age into adulthood - but the impact of this victimization continues for each of them, their families, and the community as a whole."
Anyone who suspects a child is being sexually exploited is urged to call the FBI or local law enforcement immediately.