Police nab 18 in prostitution sting

Crime
wcso Police nab 18 in prostitution sting 3.1.18

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. (HILLSBORO TRIBUNE) — Investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested more than a dozen men on Wednesday, as part of a sting aimed at stopping prostitution across the county.

In total, 18 men were arrested Wednesday and charged with soliciting prostitutes in Washington County. Commercial sexual solicitation is a misdemeanor, carrying a $6,250 fine and up to a year in jail.

The sting was conducted by the sheriff’s office, Hillsboro Police, the Portland Police Bureau’s sex trafficking team and the Washington County District Attorney’s office.

In a statement released Thursday, March 1, the sheriff’s office said the sting was meant to “proactively address human trafficking” in the county.

“The goal of these ongoing missions is to break a link in the chain of human trafficking by enforcing state and federal laws and developing intelligence on anyone trafficking victims in Washington County,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote.

Those arrested include:

  • Ibrahem Al-Refai, 26, of Portland, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Gustavo Brito-Barrera, 31, of Tigard, for commercial sexual solicitation and a probation violation warrant

  • Jason Blythe, 41, of Tualatin, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Vicente Escobar-Diaz, 42, of Beaverton, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Roman Cabrera-Gaytan, 38, of Kelso, Wash., for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Daniel Dominguez-Zapata, 50, of Beaverton, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Richard T. Green, 48, of Camas, Wash., for commercial sexual solicitation, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

  • Nicholas C. Guffey, 20, of Dallas, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Michael K. Hallam, 32, of Portland, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Abram McKenzie, 45, of White City, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Steven Mesia, 53, of Tillamook, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Nada H. Nada, 36, of Fontana, Calif., for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Richard Nevarez, 32, of Hillsboro, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • John M. Raz, 45, of Portland, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Samuel Sherrill, 75, of Newberg, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Thomas P. Timberg, 63, of Lake Oswego, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Anderson Velazquez-Zenon, 32, of Beaverton, for commercial sexual solicitation

  • Shih-Ang Wei, 32, of Beaverton, for commercial sexual solicitation

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