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Washington Man Arrested In Bend For Human Trafficking

BEND, OR -- A 33-year-old man from Vancouver, Washington was arrested at a Bend hotel early Thursday morning, March 21st. Orlando Smith is charged with Assault, Promoting Prostitution and an out-of-county warrant. 

According to Bend Police, a 31-year-old Salem woman texted the National Human Trafficking Hotline to report she was being held against her will and forced to engage in sex acts at the Red Lion Inn & Suites on NE Butler Market Road. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact the victim, officers knocked on the hotel room door. When the victim answered, she was evacuated and police took Smith into custody. 

The victim later told investigators Smith punched her in the face several times and forced her to engage in sex acts with multiple men over two days. BPD says officers found an online ad for the victim, and Smith had more than $1,000 in cash at the time of his arrest. 

Bend PD's Sheila Miller tells KBND News it’s an unusual case, "We do not regularly receive tips from the National Human Trafficking Hotline. And it’s super rare to have a case in which the victim is currently being abused or is currently in danger." Officers determined which room to approach, based on information from the hotline and hotel staff, "Hotel workers, especially night hotel workers, are paying attention," says Miller, "They are seeing people come and go. And, to varying degrees, they can be very helpful to us when we’re investigating crimes."

Smith is no longer in custody, and is due in court Friday. 

If you or someone you know is involved in a trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or text 233733. Help is available 24/7. 

 

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