Child sex trade operation nets arrests in Oregon, Washington, citations

Child sex trade operation nets arrests in Oregon, Washington, citations
Joseph McKenzie was arrested by Portland police, according to the FBI. To other people in Oregon were arrested.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say three people in Oregon have been charged with sex trafficking during five days of undercover stings, and 20 people were cited for prostitution in an operation against child sex trafficking.

Joseph McKenzie, 41, Courtney L. Milan, 23, and 22-year-old Alexandra R. Roberts all face charges of promoting prostitution.   
   
The action involved local and federal agencies and was part of the eighth national Operation Cross Country.
   
The FBI said Monday that in Oregon one underage person was "recovered" in the operation.
   
Those facing trafficking charges were arrested by Portland, Beaverton and Eugene police.
   
Those getting prostitution citations were offered counseling and services. The FBI said in a statement many of them had been subject to sex trafficking since their early teens.

In the state of Washington, the FBI said four child sex exploitation victims were recovered last week as part of the national operation.
   
In addition, 13 people suspected of exploiting children and related crimes were arrested by child exploitation task forces in the state.

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