Two law enforcement missions aimed at combating human trafficking in the metro area led to the arrests of 22 men on charges of commercial sexual solicitation, according to deputies.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit, the Forest Grove Police Department and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for the operations over the past three months.
On Friday, deputies announced the missions had led to 22 arrests.
The suspects were identified as: Majid L. Abdulla, 36, of Beaverton Nicholas R. Arntsen, 21, of Portland Roy P. Carino, 51, of Beaverton Javies Chavez, 24, of Cornelius Jesus Cruz-Arreguin, 33, of Gervais Richard Derby, 19, of Forest Grove Lazaro Echevarria-Martinez, 46, of Forest Grove Pedro Escalona-Varela, 31, of Beaverton Rigoberto Figueroa-Gutierrez, 35, no city given Charles F. Giaquinto, 48, of Beaverton Shubham Gilda, 32, of Hillsboro Abhishek Kumar, 31, of Hillsboro Galo M. Legarda, 39, of Gladstone Joseph T. Martinez, 24, of Aurora John W. Miller, 44, of Seabec, Washington Domenico A. Opiela, 46, of Deerfield Beach, Florida John M. Pearson, 73, of Cornelius Daniel N. Radtke, 39, of Beaverton Isagani C. Rausa, 33, of Tigard Rene Rodriguez-Abarca, 37, of Forest Grove Gaspar Silva-Zavala, 43, of Beaverton Apurva H. Thakkar, 27, of SalemEach suspect was arrested on the charge of commercial sexual solicitation. Cruz-Arreguin faces an additional charge of third-degree theft, according to deputies.
“The stated goal of these missions is to break a link in the chain of human trafficking by enforcing state and federal laws and developing intelligence on those trafficking victims in Washington County,” according to a sheriff’s office statement.
The sheriff’s office also thanked local hotels that assisted with the missions.
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