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Portland police make arrests during recent undercover sex trafficking missions

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Recent undercover missions addressing online sex trafficking by Portland police led to nearly 20 arrests, officials reported Monday.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, investigators with the Sex Trafficking Unit posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites, and the men arrested contacted the officers to arrange payment for sexual acts.

The investigators are not releasing information on the sites or app used in these stings, or the text in used in the ads, for investigative reasons, but they did thank the Portland area hotels involved for their assistance.

While most of the men arrested were from Oregon and a few from Washington, officers also arrested men from Michigan, California, Idaho, Arizona and New Mexico 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

Biegalke also faces a charge of third-degree sex abuse.

Another man, 53-year-old Jian Xu of Portland, was arrested on a charge of attempted commercial sexual solicitation.

Portland police also wanted to remind the public that if they know of someone involved in trafficking or that is being exploited they should reach out for help.

People can contact the 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. They can also submit tips online at MissingKids.org/CyberTipline.

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