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Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit arrests 17 men in undercover operation

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The Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit arrested 17 men in an undercover operation.

During the month of July, undercover officers posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. Investigators were assisted by Portland-area hotels as part of the mission.

The suspects who contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts were cited and released on the charge of commercial sexual solicitation. One man was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The 17 suspects were identified by police Friday as:

  • 31-year-old Jaime Fraga-Altamirano of Troutdale
  • 46-year-old James Michael Hughes of Salem
  • 28-year-old Konstantin Igumnov of Vancouver
  • 29-year-old Dmitri Omelco of Vancouver
  • 41-year-old Phillip Todd Bonner of Anderson, South Carolina
  • 46-year-old Dung Van Nguyen of Happy Valley
  • 31-year-old Nicholas Ray Willis-Heine of Portland
  • 29-year-old Sataam Abdullah Alkhalaf of Portland
  • 42-year-old Brian Lee Votaw of Portland
  • 28-year-old Benjamin Stuart Wirth of Happy Valley
  • 34-year-old In Han Cha Jr. of King City
  • 31-year-old Alexander James Curtis of Portland
  • 24-year-old Bruce John Waterman Jr. of Beavercreek
  • 30-year-old Fernando Santos-Ballazar of Burien, Washington
  • 22-year-old James Christian Cummings of Fairview
  • 21-year-old Joselle Alexander Lucas of Canoga Park, California
  • 24-year-old Gatlin Verne Schwin of Roseburg (booked into jail)

“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.

Lifeworks NW is among the community organizations that provide help to sex trafficking victims.

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