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: 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, 58-year-old Federico Villegas of Lakewood, California 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, WashingtonBiegalke also faces a charge of third-degree sex abuse.
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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