Local men among 22 arrested on human trafficking charges
The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit, the Forest Grove Police Department and the Washington County District Attorney's Office, announced on Friday, Nov. 17, the arrest of 22 men during two separate missions over the past three months.
The stated goal of the missions was to "break a link in the chain of human trafficking by enforcing state and federal laws and developing intelligence on those trafficking victims in Washington County," according to a press release from the WCSO.
"Human trafficking is a terrible reality in our community. Joined by our wonderful public safety partners, we are committed to continue interdiction efforts to rescue victims and hold accountable all those who perpetuate these crimes," said Sheriff Pat Garrett.
Local men arrested during missions in September and November include:
n Richard Derby, 19, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
n Lazaro Echevarria-Martinez, 46, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
n Shubham Gilda, 32, of Hillsboro for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
n Abhishek Kumar, 31, of Hillsboro, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
n John M. Pearson, 73, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation; and
n Rene Rodriguez-Abarca, 37, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation.
Area hotels provided resources and assistance for the missions, according to the WCSO.