EUGENE, Ore. - An undercover investigation in Eugene and Portland located 1 child prostitute and 20 adult prostitutes, many of whom had been working since they were as young as 13 or 14, the FBI said.
"Sex traffickers are selling kids - our kids - every day in motels, on the street and in our neighborhoods for sex. Over time, the children age into adulthood - but the impact of this victimization continues for each of them, their families, and the community as a whole," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.
Due to the sensitive nature of the cases, the FBI said there would be no further details released about the minor child sex trafficking victim.
The sting ran June 18 to June 22 in cooperation with local law enforcement.
Three suspected sex traffickers now face state charges, the FBIT said.
Police in Eugene arrested Alexandra R. Roberts, 22, on a charge of promoting protitution.
Police in Portland arrested Joseph McKenzie, 41, on a charge of promoting prostitution.
Police in Beaverton arrested Courtney L. Milan, 23, on a charged of promoting prostitution.
Local police also cited 20 adult women on prostitution charges.
In addition to the criminal citation, victim specialists offered all of these women the opportunity to access help through law enforcement victim service programs and the social service partners, the FBI said.