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Sex trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining or providing a person for the purpose of a sexual act by use of force, fraud, or coercion in exchange for something of value. In cases where the individual is under the age of 18, the use of force, fraud, or coercion is not necessary to prove exploitation.

Get Informed

Learn more about the realities of sex trafficking from individuals who have experienced it first-hand at thelifestory.org

What does this issue look like locally?

It is difficult to say exactly how many are involved in sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon and the rest of Multnomah County. We are grateful for the work of local individuals and groups who have worked hard to better understand the prevalence as well as the demographics of the populations that are impacted by this issue. What we know is that people who experience sex trafficking in our community are dis-proportionality people of color (specifically african-american/black), LGBTQIA, indigenous and differently-abled.

Dr. Christopher Carey and Lena Teplitsky of Portland State University Study (2009-2013)

Statistics from our Human Trafficking Jail Intelligence Sergeant

As of July 2019, local jail intelligence shows currently 463 minors and 1,285 adults estimated to be victims of sex trafficking. Intelligence also shows 1161 suspected and prosecuted traffickers. There have been over 950 cited purchasers since 2009 in the Portland Metro Area.

Provider in the community?

Learn more about supporting those who are experiencing sex trafficking by reading this Zine created by Gibson with Raphael House of Portland.

Tips for Anti-Trafficking Professionals When Working with Survivor Leaders


Are you a health care provider?

EMT Training that also serves as a 101 for individuals working with this population.

Online Webinar: SANE response to Sex Trafficking (1.5 hours) from the Sexual Assault Task Force.

SOAR has a free 2 hour online webinar and a PowerPoint presentation.


Further Resources:

Tips for Survivor Leaders Working in The Anti-Trafficking Movement

Receive or Attend a Training

To learn about local events/trainings open to the public, go to our Community Events & Announcements page.

Education, awareness, and training are important to combat sex trafficking.

We can help educate your community group, train professionals, or match you with experienced professionals in your field that have worked with commercially exploited youth.

Specialized presentations empower providers and work teams with useful tools applicable to their positions.

Fill out the form below and our office will follow up with you as soon as possible. Contact human.trafficking@multco.us with questions or suggestions.

Request a personalized training for your agency:

Thank you for submitting this form. We will be sure to follow up with you. If you have any questions or concerns or do not hear back from us do not hesitate to contact (link sends e-mail) the sex trafficking program strategist.