Booking photos from Thursday's prostitution stings
TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -
Prostitution stings in two Oregon cities led to the arrest of 14 people in one day.
In Tigard, police said nine men were taken into custody and charged with patronizing a prostitute during the anti-prostitution mission Thursday.
Several Tigard detectives and members of the police department's patrol division converged on a local hotel, at the request of hotel management.
Over the past few years, according to police, numerous Tigard businesses have contacted officers to express frustration and concerns about suspected prostitution, with hotels being the most affected.
Arrested Thursday in Tigard were: James Bisenius, 62; Armando Delcid, 37; Geordie Duckler, 54; Michael Frost, 40; Lakshmiraghu Gandham, 31; Evan Gonroff, 18; Hector Lopez, 32; Jose Rivera, 25; and Steven Alan Steinberg, 43.
In Salem, five people were arrested in a similar undercover prostitution sting Thursday.
Street Crimes detectives worked with undercover officers to establish contact with both prostitutes and "johns" via a website. The suspects were arrested when they arrived at designated locations.
"Prostitution and crimes associated with prostitution affect every part of our community," said Salem Deputy Police Chief James Ferraris in a statement. "We will continue to be proactive in combating this issue and make our community an unwelcome place for those who partake in these activities."
Those arrested in Salem were: Andrew Fitzpatrick, 29; Alison Hall, 37; Jeremy Davis, 59; Patrick Duda, 51; and Ismael Mendez, 29.
A booking photo was not available for Hall.
Anyone who has information about human trafficking is urged to contact your local law enforcement agency. Victims of human trafficking can also contact their local Women's Crisis Center for assistance with safety and shelter. The Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service can be reached at their 24-hour crisis line at 503-399-7722.
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