Authorities say 15 people have been arrested as part of an undercover sex trafficking sting at an Ontario, Oregon, hotel.
Law enforcement from Oregon and Idaho cooperated in an operation that incorporated online ads on known sex trafficking websites. Investigators arrested 12 men and three women, who are facing prostitution charges. Officials say the men are from Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Eleven men were arrested for commercial sexual solicitation, including six from Idaho: Suman Nag, 26, of Boise; Hubert Anika, 44, of Meridian; Rodney Huggins, 52, of Weiser; Michael Woodland, 62, of Homedale; Benjamine Lagrone, 42, of Caldwell; Ryan Novotney, 41, of Fruitland; and Carlos Martinez, 20, of Nampa.
One man was also arrested for felony compelling prostitution.
All are being held in the Malheur County Jail.
“Sex trafficking has become a serious problem within almost all of our neighborhoods,” said Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe in a press release. “Sex trafficking has negative effects on the livability of our communities. We believe it is important to investigate these types of crimes in our communities.”
The undercover operation was a collaboration between the High Desert Task Force, Malheur County Sheriff Department, Ontario Police Department, Nyssa Police Department and the Payette Police Department.
Suman Nag, 26, of Boise was charged with misdemeanor Commercial Sexual Solicitation. Through negotiations with his attorney and other circumstances, his case was dismissed, according to Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe.
Malheur County Circuit Court no longer has a case file on Nag, according to officials. It has been expunged.