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Eleven men arrested in undercover online sex trafficking sting in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit arrested 11 men in connection with an undercover prostitution sting.

Police conducted the operation the week of Dec. 5.

Investigators posted ads on known sex trafficking websites. Eleven men contacted undercover officers to arrange payment for sexual acts, according to police.

Officers were assisted by a Portland hotel for the mission.

Police said the 11 men who responded to the ad and went to the hotel were arrested on misdemeanor charges of commercial sexual solicitation. They were identified Monday as: Stephen Townsend, 30 of Greenville, South Carolina; Forrest Lytle, 59, of Sandy; Akhom Chinnarath, 54, of Happy Valley; Mahdi Seifan, 35, of West Linn; Javier Rangel, 53, of Hillsboro; Jesse M. Hutton, 39, of Portland; Aranda Gilberto Camacho, 35, of Hillsboro; Jasmin Kaltak, 47, of Portland; Guy Michael Barner, 49, of Phoenix, Arizona; Justice Owusu-Hienno, 47, of Portland; Curt Matsko, 51, of Portland.

For investigative reasons, police are not releasing the specific website, app or text used in this case.

"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," according to a Portland Police Bureau statement.

Anyone who knows or thinks they known someone involved in trafficking or being exploited is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline at 1-800-640-5311 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or via the online tipline missingkids.org/CyberTipline

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