Portland Police Bureau

06/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/21/2024 16:54

Human Trafficking Mission Results in Arrests, Seizure of Firearm (Photo)

June 21, 2024 15:44


On Thursday, June 20, 2024, Portland Police Bureau's Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) conducted proactive anti-trafficking initiatives through directed patrol along 82nd Avenue. HTU had assistance from East, North, and Central Precincts, Special Resources Division, Victim Services Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

The following individuals were arrested or cited for ORS 167.008 Commercial Sexual Solicitation (CSS) and/or Portland City Code 14A.40.50 Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (UPPA):

- Jose Cruz Garcia, 34, of Hillsboro, OR
- MD Dim, 43, Undisclosed
- Khalil Isaiev, 20, of Portland, OR
- Jauvon McKenith, 32, of Portland, OR (also cited for Possession of a loaded firearm in public)
- Felix Pennington IV, 27, of Los Angeles, CA
- Joshua Poole, 33, of Portland, OR

During the mission, one handgun was seized, two vehicles were towed, and five providers were contacted. Providers were offered assistance with resources and/or other advocacy efforts were made available. Several other potential buyers and providers were also identified in the area.

PPB and HTU continue to receive livability complaints from community members, organizations, and business partners regarding illegal activity rampant along 82nd Avenue. HTU cases are complex with several identified barriers such as repeated traumatic 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, in conjunction with PPB Victim Services Unit advocates and community-based partnerships.

If you or someone you know is being labor or sex trafficked, please call 911 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or report tips to [email protected].

Last month, PPB released a podcast on efforts to combat sex trafficking in Portland. You can listen to it here: https://www.portland.gov/police/news/2024/5/8/talking-beat-sex-trafficking-portland

And last September, PPB debuted a video on the problem and devastating impacts of sex trafficking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoNshXUDAJw

On January 11, 2024, the Portland Police Bureau Human Trafficking Unit, Multnomah County District Attorney's Human Trafficking Team & Survivor and Advocate Robin Miller received the Oregon Department of Justice Human Trafficking Response and Intervention Team Impact Award for working together to better serve victims and survivors of sex trafficking. See more on the award here:

https://youtube.com/shorts/nfh0lBAszXs

Photo description: Traffic stop associated with mission
Photo description: Gun seized during mission

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