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19 Men Arrested in Undercover Sex Trafficking Missions in Late Spring 2017

19 MEN ARRESTED IN UNDERCOVER SEX TRAFFICKING MISSIONS IN LATE SPRING 2017


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 3rd, 2017 11:00 AM
From May 31 to June 9, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit conducted undercover missions to address online sex trafficking.

Investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. 19 men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by Portland area hotels as part of this effort.

For investigative reasons, the Sex Trafficking Unit is not sharing the specific website, application, or ad text publicly.

Sex trafficking and prostitution are not victimless crimes. Victims of sex trafficking and prostitution are forced, coerced, and manipulated into this lifestyle against their will. They are forced to suffer through physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The Portland Police Bureau, in conjunction with other Federal and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to deterring prostitution and sex trafficking activities.

The Bureau also works with community organizations like Lifeworks NW to help sex trafficking victims: https://www.bja.gov/programs/supporting-victims-of-sex-trafficking-in-Portland.html

The following is a list of the men arrested for Commercial Sexual Solicitation:

21-year-old Jonathan Erickson of Ironwood, Michigan

33-year-old Scott J. Anderson of Mercer Island, Washington

36-year-old Luis Alberto Torres-Valdovinos of Winnetka, California

37-year-old Samuel Nunez of Beaverton, Oregon

41-year-old Jian Zheng of San Mateo, California

39-year-old Andrew Carl Shuler of Newberg, Oregon

18-year-old Genaro A. Jacobo-Velez of Portland, Oregon

28-year-old Karthik Punyakoti of Beaverton, Oregon

36-year-old Jeffery Scott Tompkins of Boise, Idaho

58-year-old Federico Villegas of Lakewood, California

34-year-old Stephen Martin Bisnett of Scottsdale, Arizona

39-year-old Liang Zheng of Eugene, Oregon

34-year-old Andrew Perry Glass of Silverton, Oregon

30-year-old Benjamin Fletcher of Santa Fe, New Mexico

29-year-old Zane Ted Gunderson of Portland, Oregon

21-year-old Tyson Jeffrey Temple of Oregon City, Oregon

64-year-old Michael James Biegalke of Camas, Washington was arrested for Commercial Sexual Solicitation and Sex Abuse in the Third Degree

53-year-old Jian Xu of Portland, Oregon was arrested for Attempted Commercial Sexual Solicitation

If you know or think that someone may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, please contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline

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