15 arrested in Portland Police prostitution sting

A sheriff's deputy slaps the cuffs on a man who walked into a law enforcement prostitution sting. (KATU Photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Fifteen men were arrested as part of an undercover sex trafficking sting earlier this month, Portland Police said.

The Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit posted online ads on known trafficking websites, posing as young women and arranging to meet at a Portland-area hotel.

Instead, just behind the door were officers from Portland, Vancouver and Multnomah County ready to arrest them for Patronizing Prostitution.

"We have probable cause to arrest them before they get to the door. So when they come inside we want to make sure the actions still represent the probable cause that has developed," said Sgt. Norman Staples of the Portland Police Human Trafficking Division.

KATU's Kellee Azar did a full report on the undercover operation, and how law enforcement is changing the focus from the victims of sex trafficking to those that solicit their services.

READ MORE: Portland police prostitution stings now focus on catching johns

On Monday, police released the names of those men who were arrested during the undercover mission:

  • 51-year-old Jeffery Thomas Delong of Soldotha, Alaska
  • 23-year-old Ryan Hill of Vancouver, Washington
  • 47-year-old Damian Neil Johnson of Portland, Oregon
  • 26-year-old Daniel Alvarez-Rivas of Portland, Oregon
  • 49-year-old Patrick Castelli of Surprise, Arizona
  • 36-year-old Matthew Howard Cooper of Depoe Bay, Oregon
  • 52-year-old Jeff David Weiss of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 27-year-old Evan Michael Lallier of Portland, Oregon
  • 40-year-old Matthew Eugene Rohrbaugh of Portland, Oregon
  • 40-year-old David Asay of Temecula, California
  • 40-year-old Frank Emilio Morales of Woodburn, Oregon
  • 40-year-old Wei Yang Chen of Portland, Oregon
  • 37-year-old William Thomas Whiteside II of Happy Valley, Oregon
  • 28-year-old Kenneth John Collins of Troutdale, Oregon
  • 42-year-old David Kenneth Koffel of Cornelius, Oregon

With such a high number of arrests, the men were issued criminal citations and will be appearing in court on the charges.

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