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Roseburg is a city in Douglas County, OR with a population of approximately 23,000 residents. It is in the Umpqua River Valley in southern Oregon and is the county seat and most populous city of Douglas County. Prostitution and sex trafficking have recently been document in the city. For example, in 2015, a Roseburg man was arrested during an online operation targeting individuals seeking to sexually exploit minors in exchange for money. He was one of three men arrested during the investigation by the Myrtle Creek Police Department. In 2020, three girls from Seattle, WA were rescued as a result of a traffic stop by Roseburg’s airport police. According to reports, police noticed a “suspicious vehicle parked in the vicinity of the Roseburg Regional Airport in Oregon’s Douglas County. The officers stopped the vehicle, which was a rental car, and made contact with a man and three girls inside, according to a press release from the Roseburg Police Department.” Officers discovered that the man who had rented the vehicle had multiple warrants out for his arrest in California on human trafficking related charges. In addition, police learned that the three girls were recently reported missing from a youth group home in the Seattle area. Police arrested and charged the offender with three counts each of trafficking in persons, compelling prostitution, and first-degree custodial interference, as well as one count of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree. Police were able to rescue the three girls and they were taken into protective custody and transferred to the Douglas County Juvenile Shelter.
Loss of employment is also a consequence of buying sex in the city. For example, in April of 2019, a Roseburg radiologist was placed on immediate leave after the Eugene Police Department Street Crimes Unit engaged him for solicitation of prostitution. The man was one of four listed in a Eugene Police Department Press release. The Street Crimes Unit worked in tandem with two other Eugene Police Department investigation units and contacted seven females for prostitution and four male sex buyers for solicitation of prostitutes during the sting. The former radiologist had worked at a radiology practice as a diagnostic specialist since 2004, according to CHI Mercy Medical Center’s website. A spokeswoman for the hospital said the man did not work for Mercy Medical Center, but that Roseburg Radiology provides radiology reading services to the hospital. She said that the hospital had been provided very limited information about the situation so they placed the man on “immediate leave from the medical staff.” Additionally, a spokeswoman from the Eugene Police Department said in an email statement that the four men had not been arrested, but instead were contacted and warned for solicitation.
Loss of Employment, Identity Disclosure:
- https://www.nrtoday.com/news/local/roseburg-radiologist-linked-to-eugene-prostitution-sweep/article_6e34465d-6868-539d-a037-b81b608ba5f9.html (2019)
- https://www.newsbreak.com/news/1346524341231/roseburg-radiologist-linked-to-eugene-prostitution-sweep?s=oldSite&ss=fb.1074480815963954 (2019)
- https://spotonoregon.com/southern-coast-or/109615/roseburg-radiologist-linked-to-eugene.html (2019)
Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- https://kpic.com/news/local/online-sting-results-in-three-arrests-by-myrtle-creek-police (2015)
- https://kpic.com/news/local/undercover-operation-targeting-child-sex-trafficking-operations-results-in-arrest (2015)
- https://katu.com/news/local/3-teen-girls-missing-from-seattle-found-with-california-fugitive-in-rental-car-in-roseburg (2020)
- https://kpic.com/news/local/mercy-foundation-task-force-partners-to-support-police-combating-human-trafficking (2022)