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“You will know the truth and the truth will make you free" -John 8:32
The foundation of effective change is the willingness to open our hearts to an eager desire to learn about the world we are called to change. In the news stories below, we illustrate local and global impact of human trafficking and the undeniable need to tackle these concerns through compassionate, collaborative action.

Jan 25

Man accused of trafficking teen to work as prostitute in Portland

KATU

A Seattle-area man is facing federal charges in connection with the human trafficking of a girl brought to Oregon to work in strip clubs.

Jan 11

Sex trafficking becoming major problem throughout Portland metro area

Fox 12 News

Sex trafficking in the suburbs of Portland, police say it's a reality they deal with every day. A lot of their cases are no longer confined to the city, but are spreading into neighborhoods like Beaverton.

Jan 10

Backpage.com shuts down adult services ads after relentless pressure from authorities

Washington Post

Fighting accusations from members of Congress that it facilitated child sex trafficking, the classified advertising site Backpage.com abruptly closed its adult advertising section in the United States on Monday, saying years of government pressure left it no choice but to shutter its most popular and lucrative feature.

Dec 23

Man found guilty in sex-trafficking case

Register Guard

A man accused of operating an escort service out of Los Angeles has been found guilty in federal court. A jury on Wednesday found ­Taquarius Ford guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, two counts of sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion, and ­obstruction of justice, The ­Oregonian reported.

Dec 21

Man who prosecutors say tried to 'hustle' the jury found guilty of sex trafficking conspiracy

Oregon Live

Taquarius Ford, dressed in gray slacks and a sweater, took the witness stand in federal court and for two days described how he and his girl ran an escort service out of Los Angeles.

Dec 19

11 men arrested in undercover sex trafficking sting by Portland Police

KATU

Eleven men were arrested earlier this month during an undercover sex trafficking sting operation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Dec 06

Trial starts against alleged sex trafficker who told women he was Hollywood modeling agent

Oregon Live

Taquarius Ford introduced himself to young women in shopping malls, showered them with compliments and asked if they'd be interested in a modeling career.

Nov 17

Club Rouge investigated for trafficking minor

KOIN 6

As part of an investigation into an underage minor being trafficked for sex, the FBI and Portland Police executed a search warrant at a downtown strip club.

Nov 17

FBI's child exploitation task force serves search warrant at Portland strip club

KATU

The Portland FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, along with the Portland Police Bureau, served a search warrant at a downtown strip club.

Nov 13

NW Sex Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out

FM News 101 KXL

Years after managing to get herself out of a very dangerous situation Brianna Myers is sharing her story. 

Nov 10

Convict held on $10M bail for sex trafficking

KOIN 6

A 53-year-old convict is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations that he raped a young girl and used her for sex trafficking.

Nov 08

Woman pleads guilty in sex trafficking case

KOIN 6

One of the two people linked to a multi-state human sex trafficking operation plead guilty in U.S. District Court.

Nov 03

Feds: Portland Man Accused In Sex-trafficking Case

KBND News

Federal agents say they've arrested a Portland man in connection with a child sex-trafficking case.  The FBI says 33-year-old Aaron Barnes was arrested earlier this week at a motel in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Authorities say they're looking for a second suspect in the case, who's identified as 28-year-old Kamau Curnal.  KATU-TV reports both men were indicted last month for sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor with the purpose of prostitution.

Nov 02

Major grants target C.O. teen homeless, human trafficking

KTVZ News

Cascade Youth & Family Center, a program of J Bar J Youth Services, has been awarded two grants totaling more than $1 million from the Department of Health and Human Services - Administration on Children, Youth and Families, addressing teen runaways and homeless, as well as human trafficking.

Nov 02

Man wanted in sex trafficking case arrested in Lincoln

Lincoln Journal Star

A 33-year-old Oregon man accused of taking a minor across state lines to sell her for sex was arrested Tuesday in Lincoln.

Oct 19

Oregon plays role in big sex trafficking bust

My Columbia Basin

A total of at least 20 people were arrested during an international crackdown on sex trafficking. The FBI says Cross Country 10 was the biggest sweep in its history of trying to stop the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Oct 18

Salem strip club investigated for sex trafficking

KOIN

Investigators executed a search warrant at Cheetahs strip club after learning that an underage girl had been allowed to dance nude at the establishment.

Oct 18

'Broken Promises' addresses human sex trafficking

News-Times/Hillsboro Tribune

Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity will present “Broken Promises,” a bilingual play that reveals the truth of how quickly and easily teens are ensnared in the world of sex trafficking.

Oct 18

FBI, local police say children saved from sex traffickers; one found working at strip club

KATU

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement announced they've recently rescued two children from sex traffickers in KATU's viewing area.

Oct 17

FBI's child sex trafficking operation finds underage victim in Oregon

KATU

An international operation targeting the sex trafficking of children helped rescue an underage girl in Oregon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Oct 05

Portland FBI looking for dangerous sex trafficking suspects

NWCN

The FBI is asking for help finding two men suspected of taking a child from Portland to Seattle for sex trafficking purposes.

Sep 12

10 arrested in Portland undercover sex trafficking mission

KGW

The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit arrested 10 men during an undercover mission last week.

Aug 19

Bend prostitution 'sting' shines spotlight on sex trafficking

KTVZ News

Four people were arrested or cited Thursday in a sting operation targeting prostitution at several Bend hotels, with police saying one 19-year-old woman had been a victim of sex trafficking since she was 13.

Aug 18

Arrests made in Bend sex-trafficking investigation

The Bulletin

Law enforcement from several agencies in Deschutes County arrested two Portland residents Wednesday and cited two others, one of whom is from Bend, after a sex-trafficking investigation, according to the Bend Police Department.

Aug 16

Sex trafficking survivor: I was forced into prostitution

KOIN 6

Portland is known as a hotspot for sex trafficking. Experts say its location, dense population and many strip clubs make it fertile ground.

Aug 15

28 men arrested in Portland sex trafficking sting

KATU

An online sex trafficking sting netted 28 arrests at Portland-area hotels, police officials said.

May 25

Myrtle Creek woman motorcycling to help battle child sex trafficking

KCBY

A Myrtle Creek woman is using her love for motorcycling to spread awareness about child sex trafficking.
May 23

Second trial for convicted ‘pimp’ set to begin

KOIN 6

Opening statements are expected Monday as prosecutors bring a convicted human trafficker to trial for the second time.

May 19

Police Arrest Pimp Suspect They Think Trafficked Teens From Portland to Seattle

Sky Valley Chronicle

Seattle Police say the story went like this. A 30-year-old man they suspected was a pimp, in the classic sense of the word, thought he was in for a big payday when he loaded three teenage girls into a van and drove them from Portland to a Seattle hotel on Monday of this week.

May 16

15 Arrested in Portland Police prostitution sting

KATU

Fifteen men were arrested as part of an undercover sex trafficking sting earlier this month, Portland Police said.

May 13

Portland Police Prostitution Stings Now Focus on Catching Johns

KATU

Portland police set the scene: a room at a Portland area hotel with decoy officers posing as 19-year-old girls, an ad posted online with dozens of men responding.

May 10

Survivor Shares Story of Sex Trafficking

KATU

Sex trafficking in Portland is a big problem, so much so that some sources say the Rose City has the highest rate of juvenile sex trafficking in the country. It doesn't just happen to homeless teens, though they are one of the most vulnerable populations. It can happen to the girl next door too. 

May 04

Human Trafficking

Bend Source

According to the latest "Global Report on Trafficking in Persons" by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), compiled in 2014, human trafficking is pervasive worldwide, including in the United States. 

Apr 27

Police form coalition to stop traffickers, raise awareness

The Bulletin

When David Romeil Cobbs was arrested April 8 on suspicion of promoting prostitution and human trafficking, it wasn’t the Californian’s first time visiting Bend.

Apr 19

Local Boy Scout Launches Shadows of Hope

KBND

Jesse Fishkin is a member of Boy Scout Troop 25, working on earning his Eagle Scout ranking, the highest achievement in scouting. In doing so, he hopes to raise awareness of the human trafficking problem in Central Oregon.