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Oregon bill adds to chorus against human trafficking

By Amanda Waldroupe, Staff Writer

Oregon is becoming known nationally as “a hub” for human and sex trafficking. The convergence of I-5 and I-89 makes Oregon “a particularly vulnerable place for trafficking,” says Chris Killmer, the program manager of Catholic Charities’ human trafficking program. Oregon’s proximity to California and Mexico, as well as Southeast Asia, its high number of migrant workers, and a thriving prostitution industry has resulted in a level of activity related to human trafficking that Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel calls “disturbing.” Continue reading