FBI's child sex trafficking operation finds underage victim in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. – An international operation targeting the sex trafficking of children helped rescue an underage girl in Oregon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force also arrested or cited 20 prostitutes working in the Portland and Eugene areas (10 in each city). They also served a search warrant at the Cheetah’s Strip Club in Salem as part of an ongoing Beaverton Police Department investigation, officials said.
The FBI and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are heading up Operation Cross Country X to “target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.”
The underage victim from Oregon will be transferred to state child protective services and victim assistance.
They partner with local police agencies in each state to carry out the initiative October 13-15, and ended up recovering 82 minors and arresting 239 pimps and their “associates.” There were also corresponding operations in Canada, Cambodia, Thailand and The Philippines.
Locally, police from Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, Springfield, Clackamas, Oregon State Police, and deputies from Lane, Multnomah, Clackamas and Marion counties joined in the effort.