Human Trafficking in Portland a Growing Issue

Human Trafficking Team addressing this community issue

on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 Posted in Stories, Happenings, Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking in Portland a Growing Issue

With girls as young as 13 being sold for sex, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has chosen to step up his enforcement of human traffickers. "If it occurs at all, then that’s a problem,” Underhill said. “It is a problem, and we want to work on it.”

Underhill has put together a Human Trafficking Team of three deputy district attorneys already working in the DA’s office. Each has extensive knowledge of prostitution cases. Underhill recognizes prostitution as a serious, complex and growing issue and the effects on the community need to be addressed. “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem,” Underhill said. The Human Trafficking Team began operations July 1.

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