At least 469 children in the Portland area have been exploited in commercial sex trafficking during the last four years, half of whom have gang connections, some of Oregon’s top public officials reported Monday.
“My office has 12 open cases against pimps, and we recently indicted a john on federal charges,” said Amanda Marshall, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, at a downtown news conference. “Still, for every indictment, there are dozens of cases we cannot bring because the child who was trafficked is back on the street.”
Marshall was joined in the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon,state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill. They were talking about the work ofPortland State University professor Christopher Carey and Lena Teplitsky, a master’s degree student in public health.
The two collected data between September 2012 and June 2013 to quantify the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Their study showed that the average age of victims referred to the state Department of Human Services child welfare office and the Sexual Assault Resource Center was 15 at the time they were first exploited.
Child sex trafficking victims surpass 400 in Portland area, new study showsIn Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm