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The fbi found a half-dozen brothels operating in plain view throughout the portland area
Federal prosecutors in Oregon charged six people with crimes related to an international sex trafficking ring that allegedly exploited women from Asian countries to work in brothels around the U. In a video released by the U. Attorney's Office, johns can be seen entering the alleged brothel in Beaverton.
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The indictment says Mark Chen ran the trafficking ring, recruiting vulnerable women from China to move to the U. Through the website, the traffickers would allegedly instruct customers to contact local "bosses" in American cities via text, or encrypted messages through WeChat. The men would be instructed to show up at a hotel or apartment complex where women were forced to perform sex acts for money.
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Chen's operation allegedly had brothels in Beaverton, Tigard and Portland. Investigators logged more than 30, messages related to the trafficking operation.
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These victims are powerless and often thousands of miles away from their home, native language and personal connections who might help them escape. Federal officials say they worked with nonprofits to connect the victims to social services, legal representation and medical care.
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