Police: Men accused of trafficking teen girls through Beaverton strip club
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Police have arrested two men in investigation of the sexual trafficking of two 13-year-old girls in Beaverton, including at a strip club.
Beaverton police on Tuesday served a search warrant at the strip club, Stars Cabaret at 4570 S.W. Lombard Ave., and two residences in Beaverton.
They arrested Victor Moreno-Hernandez, 27, and Steven Jason Toth, 42, both of Beaverton, on rape and compelling prostitution charges, among other charges, according to a Beaverton police news release.
The investigation showed one of the girls met the men as a runaway in 2012 and was forced into prostitution and sexually assaulted, police said. One of the men also allegedly provided the girl with methamphetamine on several occasions.
Police said one of the girls also was used for prostitution inside of Stars Cabaret.
"This is a significant conclusion to a tremendous effort put forth to impact the extremely destructive world of human trafficking," said Chief Geoff Spalding.
Moreno-Hernandez was booked on suspicion of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution.
Toth, the former manager of Stars Cabaret, was booked in jail on suspicion of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution.
A statement sent by Stars Beaverton manager Jon Herkenrath stated that the club had nothing to do with sex trafficking.
"We categorically deny any suggestion that any entertainer is engaged in such activity, or that management somehow endorsed or condones the same," Herkenrath said. "Stars ownership takes the threat of such illegal activity seriously and has, over the years, taken measures to prevent such conduct. In addition, for the past few months, Stars has initiated anti-trafficking efforts, with the cooperation of local law enforcement and federal government agencies."