Three arrested, one minor child recovered in recent multi-day investigation
The Beaverton Police Department played a key role in a Federal Bureau of Investigation operation from June 18-22 to uncover a child sex trafficking ring in which three were arrested and one minor child was rescued.
Beaverton police arrested Courtney L. Milan, 23, on accusations of promoting prostitution, while Portland police arrested Joseph McKenzie, 41, and Eugene police arrested Alexandra R. Roberts, 22.
The FBI, local law enforcement partners and victim service agencies from throughout the region joined forces on multi-day undercover operations targeting child sex trafficking operations in the Portland metro and Eugene areas. The most recent action, Operation Cross Country VIII, resulted in the recovery of one minor child and the identification of 20 adult prostitutes.
Many of the adults had been trafficked since they were 13 or 14 years old.
The Oregon FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the stings in conjunction with a national weeklong event, Operation Cross Country VIII, which included enforcement actions in 54 FBI field offices and 106 U.S. cities.
Law enforcement and social-service providers worked with each victim to provide counseling, mental health services, medical assistance, housing, and advocacy resources.
Victim specialists offered women the opportunity to access help through law enforcement victim service programs and the social service partners.
"Sex traffickers are selling kids our kids every day in motels, on the street and in our neighborhoods for sex," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Over time, the children age into adulthood but the impact of this victimization continues for each of them, their families, and the community as a whole.
"The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force brings together our agents, local law enforcement, and passionate community advocates," he added. "They are doing great work not just during Operation Cross Country stings, but every day pulling children out of horrendously violent and abusive situations. They cannot do their jobs, though, without the help of concerned parents, teachers and community members."
This is the eighth Operation Cross Country event the FBI has coordinated since 2008. In seven previous events, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies joined together to recover 434 child victims and arrest 581 pimps nationwide, with 20 minor victims recovered in Oregon during seven operations the FBI has conducted in the state.
Anyone who suspects a child is being sexually exploited, is asked to immediately call the nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency immediately.
For more information on recent Oregon cases and convictions, visit fbi.gov/portland/news-and-outreach/stories/protecting-our-children-fbi-child-exploitation-task.