Two Human Traffickers with Victims in Multiple Cities across the United States Indicted in Portland for Brutally Assaulting and Trafficking Two Women in Portland

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May 10, 2021 16:48

  

On November 11, 2020, members of a US Marshals Task Force were in the 9700 Block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard looking for a wanted fugitive.

During their surveillance they noticed two suspicious men leaving a hotel room unrelated to their fugitive. A member of the US Marshals Task Force was able to see into the room the men had just left and saw a woman bound to a chair who had been severely assaulted. The US Marshals put a plan into place to immediately rescue the woman. They notified the Portland Police Bureau and requested medical attention. The Portland Police Bureau Human Trafficking Unit responded to the scene and took lead on the investigation.

While Portland Police were on the scene, a second trafficking victim was located and rescued a short distance away. The second victim had also been bound and beaten and it was ultimately determined that these circumstances were related.

The actions by traffickers closely mirrored that of several trafficking cases from nearby jurisdictions earlier this year. Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau coordinated with law enforcement partners to identify and locate these traffickers.

Both of the victims in the Portland case are Chinese Foreign Born Nationals who were brought to the United States on fraudulent visas and under fraudulent and misleading terms. Through the investigation it was determined that the two traffickers had operations in Portland and other cities locally and across the country.

These human traffickers used violent and brutal tactics to force the victims to commit sexual acts for money, which was then given to the traffickers. The traffickers were identified as 19-year-old Yuan Gao and 21-year old Xinyu Zhou. Mr. Gao and Mr. Zhou were arrested on December 15, 2020 in another state.

On December 17, 2020, Mr. Gao and Mr. Zhou were indicted in Portland, Oregon, by the Multnomah County District Attorney Human Trafficking Team on two counts of Compelling Prostitution, eight counts of Robbery in the first degree, four counts of Robbery in the second degree, three counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Assault in the first degree, and one count of Assault in the first degree.

Victim advocates assigned to the Portland Police Bureau Human Trafficking Unit, have been coordinating after care and recovery efforts for the victims. The Portland Police Bureau thanks its local and federal partners for their assistance in this investigation, especially the members of the US Marshal Service Task Force for their key role in the rescuing one of the victims from continued victimization.
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