The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, working with multiple local and state agencies in Oregon, have arrested six suspects and rescued four children as part of a national child sex trafficking sting operation.
Children from Portland and Beaverton, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, were rescued through the stings, including a toddler.
James E. Donaldson, 42, Jerome D. Akles, 48, and Veronica A. Britt, 25, of Vancouver, Marlon Slaffey, 37, and Mazio Lincoln Frasier, 45, of Eugene and David Wendell Fair Jr., 39, of Salem were all arrested and face charges of promoting prostitution.
"Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a release. "As a result of the FBI's outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system. The Department of Justice will continue to aggressively and persistently fight this heinous crime, and to hold its perpetrators accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
The investigation, called Operation Cross Country IX, targeted criminals responsible for commercial child sex trafficking. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children worked with the FBI to lead the operation.
This sting was the largest in the nine-year history of the FBI’s Innocence Lost initiative, involving 53 FBI field offices and 73 local and state task forces across the country. Since the beginning of the program over 4,800 children have been rescued and over 2,000 traffickers have been convicted by prosecutors.
Agents and investigators targeted areas known to be frequented by prostitutes and victims, but the exact locations were not released to protect future investigations. Almost 50 local law enforcement and social service agencies assisted in the operation.
To learn more about the Innocence Lost initiative and Operation Cross Country IX, visit FBI.gov.
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