DA UNDERHILL ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TEAM

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes that human trafficking is a serious, complex, and growing problem, the effects of which are felt globally and locally.  This office has continuously fought to ensure that the exploitation of human beings is never tolerated.  With this in mind, District Attorney Rod Underhill proudly announces the formation of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Team.

 

The Human Trafficking Team consists of three Deputy District Attorneys (DDA JR Ujifusa, DDA Jenna Plank and DDA Kelley Cloyd), and one victim advocate, each experienced in prosecuting crimes involving human trafficking.  In an effort to eradicate human trafficking in Multnomah County, the Human Trafficking Team, in close collaboration with community partners, will work to protect victims utilizing a three-prong approach: (1) aggressively prosecuting those who engage in human trafficking; (2) reducing demand for exploitation in all its forms; (3) ensuring adequate protection and support for victims of human trafficking.  To that end, the Human Trafficking Team, along with community partners who identify, serve, and protect victims of human trafficking, will strive to end human exploitation in Multnomah County.

 

Recent trafficking cases prosecuted by members of the Human Trafficking Team:

 

Gregory Hightower- Mr. Hightower received a sentence of life without the possibility of parole after being found guilty by a jury of:  Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the Second Degree, Compelling Prostitution and Promoting Prostitution (x 4). Mr. Hightower, a 42 year old male, was involved with females ranging from 16-22 years old. He forced them to prostitute and would provide controlled substances as a way to groom females into performing prostitution acts.

 

Latrell Poston- Mr. Poston received a 298 month sentence after being found guilty by a jury of:  6 counts of Promoting Prostitution and 26 counts of Identity Theft. Mr. Poston, who was on supervision for a previous Promoting Prostitution conviction, used the inmate jail phone system on multiple occasions to receive money and control an adult victim involved in prostitution.

 

Keoni Warren- Mr. Warren received consecutive 30 year indeterminate Dangerous Offender sentences after being found guilty by a jury of:  Attempted Compelling Prostitution, Attempted Promoting Prostitution, Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felony Assault in the Fourth Degree, Menacing, Harassment, and Coercion.  Mr. Warren, after making multiple attempts to encourage a female domestic partner to engage in prostitution, shot her in the leg during an argument over her unwillingness to prostitute.