Law enforcement from several agencies in Deschutes County arrested two Portland residents Wednesday and cited two others, one of whom is from Bend, after a sex-trafficking investigation, according to the Bend Police Department.
The investigation also resulted in local and state officials, members of the Deschutes County Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Response Team, getting help for a 19-year-old Portland woman who had been forced into prostitution at age 13, according to a news release issued Thursday evening.
The law enforcement agencies — Bend, Redmond and Sunriver police departments, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police — were not responding to a complaint, per se, but pro-actively targeting human trafficking throughout the city of Bend, the release stated. Police wanted to locate people promoting prostitution, human and child-sex trafficking.
During the investigation, several suspects were contacted at hotels in and around Bend. The number of hotels and their locations were not released.
Police arrested Rennell Buen, 23, on suspicion of promoting prostitution and possession of methamphetamine, and a woman whom police did not identify on suspicion of prostitution and an out of county warrant for DUII. Buen was being held in the Deschutes County jail Thursday evening, according to jail records.
Patrick A. Spear, 52, of Bend, and an unidentified Portland woman were cited on suspicion of soliciting prostitution and prostitution, respectively, and released, according to the news release.
Police did not identify the women, said Lt. Clint Burleigh, because they could be victims, or survivors, of sex trafficking who became involved the activity through coercion or other factors.