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FBI, law enforcement stings rescue three exploited children

Three girls who were sexually exploited in the Portland/Vancouver area were recovered over the weekend by the FBI and a dozen local law enforcement agencies, including the Beaverton Police Department.

The FBI coordinated the stings as part of Operation Cross Country VI - the sixth national law enforcement action under the FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative.

Six people were charged as "pimps" in the cases, including 25-year-old Sirgiorgio Sanford Clardy, who Beaverton detectives arrested at the 6th Avenue Motel in Portland. Clardy was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail for reportedly promoting prostitution.

Local police agencies also cited three adults with prostitution. Among them was Princess Dawn Talley-Stevenson, 18. Beaverton police detectives arrested Talley-Stevenson at the Ramada Inn on Northeast 82nd Avenue in Portland. She was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.

The three girls were recovered during a series of regional stings. Law enforcement and social service providers worked with each child - and when appropriate the girl's family - to provide counseling, mental health services, medical assistance, housing and advocacy resources.

Task force operations such as this one usually begin as local actions, targeting truck stops, casinos, street "tracks" and websites.

"These are our kids. They belong to this community, and we are responsible for them," said Greg Fowler, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. "We cannot and will not stand by and allow pimps to profit off of them and ‘johns' to use and abuse them."

Law enforcement agencies participating in the stings included the Portland Police Bureau, the Gresham Police Department, the Beaverton Police Department, the Tigard Police Department, the Multnomah County district attorney's office, Washington Department of Corrections and the Metro Gang Task Force.

Nationwide, this weekend's operation recovered 79 children and included enforcement actions involving more than 8,500 local, state and federal officers representing 414 separate agencies in 57 cities.