An undercover sting operation by the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit led to the arrest of 28 men from August 7 through August 12.
According to police, investigators posted ads on known sex trafficking websites, with 28 men responding to arrange payment for sexual acts.
The men who responded to the ad came to various area hotels, which were working with police, and were arrested for the misdemeanor crime of patronizing a prostitute.
While the majority of those arrested were from Oregon and Washington, there were also men arrested from California, Connecticut and Canada. 42-year-old Travis William Saban of Vancouver, Washington 42-year-old Raul Santiago-Leon of Woodburn, Oregon 53-year-old Bernie R. Nickels of Vancouver, Washington 47-year-old Issac Bravo Zapata of Portland, Oregon 48-year-old David Vences-Salgado of Salem, Oregon 50-year-old Christopher Huston of Vancouver, Washington 40-year-old Paul James Taylor of Cottage Grove, Oregon 52-year-old Paul Ilg of Mt. Angel Oregon 38-year-old Oscar Santiago Dabila of San Bernadino, California 28-year-old Stephen Jesus Espinoza of Hillsboro, Oregon 23-year-old Ian Blair Bristow of Bend, Oregon 36-year-old Corey A. Bayha of Wood Village, Oregon 37-year-old William Robert Bright of Tigard, Oregon 24-year-old Rodolfo Reyes Galindo of Portland, Oregon 23-year-old Kellen Hashimoto of Portland, Oregon 50-year-old Scott Alan Nicholas of Canton, Michigan 43-year-old Jason Samuel Blazer of Eugene, Oregon 62-year-old Anthony Neal Aldridge of Washougal, Washington 50-year-old Juvenal Felipe Zafra-Miranda of Portland, Oregon 25-year-old Luis Alberto Flores of Portland, Oregon 28-year-old Chad Alexander Livran of Vancouver, Washington 65-year-old Fredrick King of Portland, Oregon 50-year-old Arnon Dror of Westport, Connecticut 27-year-old Adrian Dean Hunt of Vancouver, Washington 29-year-old Paul G. Randhawa of Calgary, Alberta, Canada 28-year-old Christian Negron-Melendez of Bridgeport, Connecticut 51-year-old Ivan A Flores of Stamford, ConnecticutThe Sex Trafficking Unit did not share the details of the ad, or where it was placed, citing investigative reasons.
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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