EUGENE, Ore. – A recent study by Portland State University showed that the number of children sold into sex trafficking in the Portland area was higher than originally thought.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden spoke at a forum Tuesday, hosted by Zonta International of Eugene and Springfield, to address the issue.
Senator Wyden says he hopes to see state and local leaders come up with more aggressive plans to fight sex trafficking. He says the problem hits closer to home than we think and he has taken action, presenting his ideas to congress.
“This is right here in our back yard and the reality is I5 in particular has been a real magnet for the sex traffickers and I’ve introduced legislation to stiffen the fight against them,” Sen. Wyden said.
Joining Senator Wyden on the panel were U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall, State Representative Val Hoyle, and Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr.