Murdered Woman Also Trafficking Victim

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Vancouver woman found murdered inside a hotel in Northeast Portland has also been identified as a victim of sex trafficking. According to Portland Police, Ashley Renee Benson, 24, was found last Friday morning, after spending Christmas day with her family. Detectives have since said Benson was the victim of “homicidal violence”, … Continue reading »

Shine a Light: Sex Trafficking Awareness

ASHLAND, Ore. — A group of activists in Ashland is raising awareness to help victims of sexual exploitation. About 180 people attended shine a light into sex trafficking event on Sunday night. Participants met at SOU’s main gym for a mass yoga session by candlelight to bring awareness to the commercial sex industry. Each person raised or … Continue reading »

Child Sex Trafficking Experts Speak

MEDFORD, Ore. — Sgt. Byron Fassett has been investigating child sex tracking crimes for the Dallas Police Department for more than 20 years. The thing that stands out to him is that the problem doesn’t stand out at all. “It’s a problem that’s designed to blend into society and not to look like anything,” said … Continue reading »

Child Sex Trafficking Bill Up for Vote

SALEM, Ore. — A bill to change child-sex trafficking from a misdemeanor to a felony is up for a vote Tuesday of next week. That bill will also address the current law, which does not require violators to register as a sex offender. Provisions were originally drafted to make the first offense a felony, but … Continue reading »