A Washougal man was among 28 people arrested in a sex trafficking sting led by the Portland Police Bureau.
Anthony Neal Aldridge, 62, was charged with patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, after he was nabbed as part of the PPB Sex Trafficking Unit undercover mission conducted Aug. 7 to 12.
According to a press release, investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. The 28 men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by owners of Portland area hotels.
Other individuals arrested as part of the sting operation include Vancouver residents Travis William Saban, 42, Bernie R. Nickels, 53, Christopher Huston, 50, Chad Alexander Livran, 28, and Adrian Dean Hunt, 27; and Portland residents Issac Bravo Zapata, 47, Rodolfo Reyes Galindo, 24, Kellen Hashimoto, 23, Fredrick King, 65, Juvenal Felipe, Zafra-Miranda, 50, and Luis Alberto Flores, 25.
Also arrested were David Vences-Salgado of Salem, Oregon, 48; Paul James Taylor of Cottage Grove, Oregon, 40; Paul Ilg of Mt. Angel, Oregon, 52; Oscar Santiago Dabila of San Bernadino, California, 38; Stephen Jesus Espinoza of Hillsboro, Oregon, 28; Ian Blair Bristow of Bend, Oregon, 23; Corey A. Bayha of Wood Village, Oregon, 36; William Robert Bright of Tigard, Oregon, 37; Scott Alan Nicholas of Canton, Michigan, 50; Jason Samuel Blazer of Eugene, Oregon, 43; Raul Santiago-Leon of Woodburn, Oregon, 42; Arnon Dror of Westport, Connecticut, 50; Paul G. Randhawa of Calgary, Alberta Canda, 29; Christian Negron-Melendez of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 28; and Ivan A Flores of Stamford, Connecticut, 51.
The PPB is asking anyone who knows someone who may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, to contact the Sex Trafficking Unit at (502) 255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline at 1-800-640-5311; or, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline at www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline.