Former Oregon House Speaker Gets Busted by Prostitution Law He Helped Put in Place – By Elizabeth Nolan Brown (Reason) / May 4 2021
Portland police are calling it “human trafficking,” but it was just an old-fashioned vice bust.
“Former Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt cited in sex trafficking sting,” the New York Post reported yesterday. It’s one of a number of headlines that accuse Hunt—a Democrat who served in the state legislature from 2003 to 2013—of having been busted for sex trafficking.
He wasn’t. To be considered sex trafficking (or “trafficking in persons,” as Oregon’s offense is officially known), a commercial sex act must involve either force, fraud, coercion, or someone under 18 years old. Hunt was simply caught by undercover cops who were conducting a prostitution sting.
The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) posted ads online, pretending to be sex workers. Eight men who took the bait—including Hunt—”were criminally cited on the charge of Commercial Sexual Solicitation,” according to a PPB press release.
It seems Portland cops—like so many in law enforcement these days—are not above playing hero and pretending to solve serious crimes as they spend public resources on busting adults trying to have consensual sex with other adults. So PPB has shamelessly framed their vice sting as a “human trafficking” operation, complete with grandiose statements about how “human trafficking is not a victimless crime” and PPB is working in conjunction with the feds and other departments to stop it.