BEAVERTON, Ore. – Beaverton detectives on Friday arrested a California man who they said was part of a group using a 17-year-old girl for sex trafficking along the west coast.
The 17-year-old girl was taken into custody and will be returned to her mother in Stockton, California. Police said she ran away from home.
Detectives arranged a meeting with the girl at a Beaverton hotel on Friday, according to Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway. They took the girl into custody, along with a man and a woman who were with her.
Tyrell Charles Armstrong Jr., 19, was arrested and charged with compelling and promoting prostitution and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Detectives also cited Breyonna Marie Abercrombie, 18, for promoting prostitution.
The group was working its way north to Seattle, according to police.
“We will continue our efforts to target those who use the I-5 corridor as a way to move and profit from juveniles who are trapped in the world of sex trafficking,” said Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding. “Law enforcement intervention is the only way out for many juveniles.”