CURRENT CASES OREGON
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PORTLAND COUPLE ARRAIGNED ON TRANSPORTING AND SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES INVOLVING A MINOR VICTIM. FIVE COUNT OF SEX TRAFFICKING & TRANSPORTING A MINOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROSTITUTION.
Portland Couple Arraigned on Transporting and Sex Trafficking Charges Involving a Minor Victim Federal Indictment Charges Five Counts of Sex Trafficking & Transporting a Minor for Purposes of Prostitution
U.S. Attorney’s OfficeJune 25, 2009
The indictment alleges that Johnson and Miles transported the minor female from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon with the intent that she engage in prostitution. Further, it alleges that Johnson knew the female was under the age of 18. Johnson’s co-defendant, Miles, was arraigned last Friday and held in custody pending trial by U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart.
To support the detention of Johnson and Miles, the minor victim’s mother provided a written statement that was read to U.S. Magistrate Judges Stewart and Hubel. “I am speaking to the court as the mother of a vulnerable child who was exploited and victimized. She is, and always will be my child. I’m angry at predators like Donnico Johnson and Lisa Miles, who exploit children at one of the hardest times of their lives...their teens. I would like to acknowledge the determination and hard work of the detectives over the last year and a half, by pursuing the real perpetrators of these crimes, instead of the victims. I am extremely proud of my daughter for her bravery in standing up to these cowards. I would ask that the court protect our children and communities by denying bail and remanding them into custody until trial.”
The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A conviction for sex trafficking carries a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence to a maximum of life imprisonment. The transportation or coercion and enticement counts and each carry a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence to a maximum of life imprisonment.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Innocence Lost Task Force and the Portland Police Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Kemp L. Strickland.
The case was brought by the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force (OHTTF) and the Portland Police Bureau. The OHTTF was created in May of 2005. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the task force provides a comprehensive collaborative approach to combat human trafficking through partnerships between federal, state, local law enforcement, social service providers, and other government and non-government agencies. For more information about OHTTF visit www.oregonoath.org.
To provide a local tip on a human trafficking, please call Multnomah County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Keith Bickford at (503) 251-2479. You can also report human trafficking tips to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or go online to NHTRC@PolarisProject.org.
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TACOMA MAN SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING A 17-YEAR-OLD IN PORTLAND OREGON.
U.S. Attorney’s OfficeApril 17, 2012
The case arose when the 17-year-old minor victim was found in a room with co-defendants Williams and Wilson at a Portland hotel. The federal indictment alleges that Zerick Dawson and his co-defendants were involved in a conspiracy to recruit, entice, transport, harbor, provide, and maintain the minor victim so she could engage in commercial sex acts for money. Wilson, an adult prostitute, would take photographs of the minor and use her laptop and credit cards to pay for commercial sex advertisements that were posted on the online advertising services at Backpage.com. Williams rented hotel rooms and drove the minor back and forth between Washington and Oregon as well as to the homes or places where customers paid money to engage in sexual acts with the minor. Dawson directed the activities of the entire group and collected the money earned from Wilson and the minor. Other photographic and documentary evidence as well as recorded conversations linked Dawson to the conspiracy and identified him as the leader of the group. All of the defendants were fully aware of the minor’s status and attempted to hide her identity from law enforcement.
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Portland Man Detained on Transporting and Sex Trafficking Charges Involving a Minor.
U.S. Attorney’s Office August 16, 2010
The indictment alleges that Davis transported the minor female from Portland, Oregon to Washington, California, and Nevada with the intent that she engage in prostitution. Force, fraud, and coercion were used to maintain the minor. Davis is alleged to have struck, beaten, and otherwise physically assaulted the minor whenever she refused to work as a prostitute. Davis allegedly benefitted from the trafficking, and obtained the services of the minor through threats of serious harm or causing her to believe that she would suffer serious harm if she did not perform such labor or services.
On the issue of detention, the court received statements from the minor victim and her family concerning their fears should Davis be released. They asserted that they believe Davis will seek retribution against them. In the time he spent with the victim, Davis obtained the minor’s address and told her that, “if she went to the police or talked about her trafficking, he would kill her family.” He then recited her address to her. Davis told investigators that he has ties with the Bloods Gang and would get his “Posse” involved.
A conviction for sex trafficking of a minor under 14 years of age carries a mandatory minimum 15-year sentence to a maximum of life imprisonment. The transportation counts each carry a mandatory minimum 10 year sentence to a maximum of life imprisonment.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Salem Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kemp L. Strickland.
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