Shine a Light: Sex Trafficking Awareness

ASHLAND, Ore. — A group of activists in Ashland is raising awareness to help victims of sexual exploitation. About 180 people attended shine a light into sex trafficking event on Sunday night. Participants met at SOU’s main gym for a mass yoga session by candlelight to bring awareness to the commercial sex industry. Each person raised or … Continue reading »

Promoting Prostitution Arrest

ALBANY, Ore. — A man is in the Benton County Jail facing charges of compelling and promoting prostitution, as well as trafficking in persons. Albany Police arrested 29-year-old Wiley Brooks on Wednesday. The Probable Cause Affidavit says a woman reported to Albany Police that Brooks had trafficked her for sex in the past, and that … Continue reading »

Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking Minors

LINN COUNTY, Ore. — A Linn County man convicted of sex trafficking minors across western Oregon has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Police say 21-year-old Steven Michael Kidd trafficked a minor female for nearly a year, starting in late 2011. They say he took the young woman to Eugene, Medford, Albany, Corvallis, Harrisburg, … Continue reading »

Group Reacts to Sex Trafficking Sting

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene nonprofit that helps at-risk youth is reacting to a recent FBI sex trafficking sting. Operation Cross Country 8 included enforcement action in 54 field office and 106 cities across the U.S. Here in Oregon, the multi-day undercover operations targeted child sex trafficking operations in Portland and Eugene. The sting operations … Continue reading »

18 Children Rescued from Sex Trafficking

AURORA, Colo. — Eighteen children in Colorado have been rescued in the FBI’s nationwide crackdown on child prostitution. The feds arrested more than a dozen people accused of either selling kids for sex or paying to have sex with them. According to police, two people were running a child sex operation on the other side … Continue reading »

168 Minors Recovered in Sting

PORTLAND, Ore. — A massive crackdown on child sex trafficking across the country included arrests in Eugene and Portland. The FBI says it recovered one child sex trafficking victim and arrested 20 adult women on prostitution charges in Oregon. Overall, the sting took place in 106 cities. One hundred and sixty-eight minors were recovered. Two … Continue reading »

Senator Addresses Sex Trafficking Issue

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 … Continue reading »

State, City Leaders Speak in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — On Tuesday, state and city leaders are gathering to address issues regarding the status of women in Oregon.  U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will be present at the Eugene Hilton, as will other notable state and local officials. Statistics show women still face inequalities when compared with men. Experts have found more women … Continue reading »

Troubling Sex Trafficking Findings

EUGENE, Ore. — The Portland metro area has long been pointed to as a hub for child sex trafficking and a new study says the dangers are equally as troubling in Lane County. Senator Ron Wyden and Portland State University, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office released information that there were nearly 500 sex trafficking … Continue reading »