Human Trafficking Missions Showing Positive Results (Photo)


November 28, 2023 12:26

  

The Portland Police Bureau continues to conduct missions aimed at combatting human trafficking and the sex buying that leads to exploitation. Over the past several weeks, numerous arrests have been made. Neighborhood groups and businesses anecdotally report improvements in crime rates and a reduced fear of crime.

Mission 5:
On September 27, 2023, the Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) ran mission number five, assisted by Central, North, and East Precincts, and the Traffic Division. Seven people, including 3 sex purchasers, went to jail. The mission also led to advocates contacting 7 providers. There were 21 traffic stops, 9 vehicle tows, and 3 eludes. Two firearms were seized by Traffic Division officers while participating in the collaborative mission.

Arrests included:
Arek M. Karagoezian, 37, Hillsboro, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Marcelo Navarette-Isabel, 45, Tigard, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Emanuel B. Racancoj-Sacayon, 21, Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation

Mission 6:
HTU Mission 6 was held on October 6, 2023, focusing on the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard and included East, North, and Central Precinct officers, and a Public Safety Support Specialist. This mission led to 10 arrests, including five sex buyers, 22 persons contacted, 14 traffic stops, nine vehicles towed, two illegally possessed firearms seized and, importantly, six women contacted by advocates. Two accepted services from advocates. Notable arrests included two people in possession of concealed firearms (no concealed weapon permits) and one trafficker on supervision was located in the area and detained by Multnomah County Parole and Probation.

Men arrested:
- Frank M. Beaudreau, 55, Aloha, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code)
- Anthony M. Bailey, 32, Gresham, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
- Matthew G. Roon, 30, of Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code)
- John E. Sampson, 65, Vancouver, Washington, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code)
- James E. Repciewicz, 51, Washougal, Washington, Commercial Sexual Solicitation

Mission 7:
HTU conducted their 7th mission in collaboration with the precincts on October 12, 2023. This mission was a combination of inner northeast Portland, centered around a motel near Northeast Grand Avenue and Northeast Holladay Street, and then out along Northeast 82nd Avenue. Each precinct sent personnel as well as Traffic, Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) and Air Support Unit (ASU). HTU has continued to build relationships with businesses impacted by these criminal activities.

Mission statistics included 43 people contacted, 37 traffic stops, 13 towed vehicles, three eludes, one firearm seized, and eight arrests including a sex buyer. Advocates made contact with 4 sex providers. Officers are investigating a possible sex trafficker that was contacted during the mission. There was a stolen firearm found in his vehicle.

Arrests included:
-Kyle W. Streicher, 29, no known address, Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle, Forgery in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, and three warrants. (Case #23-267823)
-Mariel M. Garcia, 22, of Portland, arrest warrant (Case #23-267845)
-Sebastian A. Lasyone, 21, of Puyallup, Washington, Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code). (Case #23-268034)
-Jalecea H. Murray, 21, of Lakewood, Washington, Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code). (Case #23-268034)
-Alisha J. Pugh, 33, of Portland, arrest warrant. (Case #23-267963)
-Jacy Jostero, 35, of Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code). (Case #23-268084)

Mission 8:
HTU conducted Mission 8 on October 19, 2023, in the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard. This mission there were four sex buyers arrested, 19 people contacted, 10 traffic stops, 2 of which ended with vehicles being towed. Eight women providers were contacted by advocates, two of which accepted offers for supportive services. The following men were arrested and booked into MCDC:

-Salvador Pena-Toribio, 39, of Salem, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code). (23-274043)
-Jose Garcia-Celestino, 22, of Vancouver, Washington, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code). (23-274320)
-Israel Perez-Fernandez, 44, of Beaverton, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code) (23-274328)
-Guadalupe Perez-Perez, 56, of Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (Portland City Code). (23-274151)


Mission 9:
HTU conducted Mission 9 on November 2, 2023, in the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard. This mission there were three sex buyers arrested, 13 people contacted, 11 traffic stops, two drivers eluded by vehicle, and two vehicles towed. Six women providers were contacted by police, one of which accepted offers for supportive services from advocates on scene. The following men were arrested and booked into MCDC:

Andrew Cahleb Morris, 28, of Vancouver, Washington, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Wesley M. Ricketts, 39, of Portland, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Dahvee I. Cortez, 24, Beaverton, Oregon, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities
Lamin Jammeh, 46, Vancouver, Washington, Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities, Commercial Sexual Solicitation

Mission 10:
On November 17th, 2023, the Human Trafficking Unit, in collaboration with MCSO, PPB precinct personnel, the DAs office, and the Air Support Unit, conducted a buyer suppression mission in North Precinct. Officers used various web-based platforms to create and post escort ads and posed as sex providers.

During the course of the mission, the ads were contacted by over 310 different phone numbers.

Seven men showed up to meet with the decoys and were willing to exchange money for sexual services. All seven men were arrested for Commercial Sexual Solicitation.

During the mission, one of the female decoys was contacted by a suspect, Daemon Bowman, 25, who intended to traffic her. After nearly 3 hours of exchanging messages and pictures, the subject arrived at the hotel to pick her up and take her to a date at another location. When officers tried to pull the vehicle over, the suspect eluded.

The Air Support Unit was overhead and monitored the eluding vehicle, providing updates on reckless driving behaviors and locations. Officers arrived shortly after the subject parked the vehicle and walked towards a building. The subject was uncooperative but was taken into custody. As officers were taking him into custody, the subject was actively reaching for a firearm that was in his front hoody pocket. Officers used excellent tactics and their quick decisiveness most likely prevented a very dangerous and dynamic situation from turning into a deadly force encounter. Bowman was booked into jail for multiple charges.

The following men were arrested and booked into MCDC:
Maycol Velasquez Gomez, 33, of Vancouver, Washington, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Randy Dinh, 39, of Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation, Interfering with a Peace Officer
Luis Mayan VillaFuerte, 40, of Vancouver, Washington, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Imran A. Mirza, 50, of Newport, Oregon, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Teddy Kurniawan, 38, of Vancouver, Washington, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Paul A. Roder, 67, of Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Nathaniel Olinger, 43, of Portland, Commercial Sexual Solicitation
Daemon L. Bowman, Jr, 25, of Portland, Promoting Prostitution, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Eluding a Police Officer by Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering

During the mission, officers were told by businesses and neighbors that the missions were making a positive difference in the neighborhood, and they reported that criminal activity was reduced in the 2 months the missions were being held.

This year, Portland’s Human Trafficking Unit has received a number of complaints from community members and the business community, and an increase in referrals from officers, regarding this illegal activity across the county. In various missions, HTU has partnered with task force officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), as well as members from Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

The Portland Police Bureau Human Trafficking Unit, which is part of PPB’s Detective Division, investigates crimes involving sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The Unit simultaneously conducts rescue missions for victims of trafficking and disrupts the demand for trafficking by conducting buyer suppression and directed patrol missions. Due to the complexity of these cases, such as repeated trauma exposures, trauma bonds with traffickers, and fear of retaliation, the victims in these cases are often reluctant to come forward, make a report and/or continue through the criminal justice process. HTU continues to offer trauma-informed, victim-centered services.

HTU also has a strong emphasis on community education. It continuously works with community partners to educate the community on how to recognize the warning signs of human trafficking and the best ways to report it.

The Portland Police Bureau recently produced a video highlighting the important work of HTU:

https://youtu.be/DoNshXUDAJw


Photo Descriptions
Photo 1: HTU Mission 7 is a photo of handgun, magazine, bullets, money and condoms

Photo 2: HTU Mission 10 is a photo of handgun, magazine and bullets

Photo 3: HTU mission 5 shows a car involved in criminal activity being towed

Photo 4: Mission 5 shows a black hat with the word $avage on it and a photo of two handguns and magazines

###PPB###

*************



Email News Releases

Get News Releases from the PPB directly to your inbox.

Open Data Portal

Datasources from the Portland Police Bureau.

Social Media

Social Media and Podcasts from PPB.


Media Relations

Police Media Resources

Strategic Communications Unit
PPBPIO@police.portlandoregon.gov
Phone: 503-823-0830
1111 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204


Recent Headlines:


PPB News Archives


      Instagram      

© OpenStreetMap contributors