Sex Trafficking

Former Oregon House Speaker Gets Busted by Prostitution Law He Helped Put in Place

Portland police are calling it "human trafficking," but it was just an old-fashioned vice bust.

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"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.

Of course human trafficking is not a victimless crime—no one disputes that. But human trafficking is not what Portland cops were actually fighting here.

Hunt—who now works in public affairs and serves on the board of Clackamus Community College—is being unfairly slandered as a sex trafficker. But before anyone starts feeling too bad for him, note that he voted in favor of a 2011 measure criminalizing the very activity that he tried to engage in.

That measure created the crime of patronizing a prostitute—since renamed commercial sexual solicitation—punishable by up to one year imprisonment, a $6,250 fine, or both when the person being patronized is an adult.

Hunt's attorney told the Portland Tribune that Hunt "denies the allegations, but respects the criminal justice process and will refrain from saying more until he has his opportunity in court."

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  1. If the Portland cops aren’t too busy, they might try dispersing the nightly rioters…

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  2. 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.

    To be fair, what else to Portland cops have to do?

  3. Guess he took the bait hooker, line and sinker.

  4. Yeah but was he wearing a mask and was he vaccinated. The leftists would shun him otherwise.

  5. Once a whore, always a whore.

    1. But which one is the whore?

      1. The one who took money. 🙂

  6. “But before anyone starts feeling too bad for him, note that he voted in favor of a 2011 measure criminalizing the very activity that he tried to engage in.

    That measure created the crime of patronizing a prostitute—since renamed commercial sexual solicitation—punishable by up to one year imprisonment, a $6,250 fine, or both when the person being patronized is an adult.”

    Both, sentence him to both, then amend the law to only apply to those on the record supporting it. Poetic justice is never more poetic than when the politicians and bureaucrats that write, administer, and enforce the laws are snared by them.

  7. Hypocrites gotta hypocrise!

  8. >>Hunt was simply caught by undercover cops who were conducting a prostitution sting.

    simply.

    (disclaimer fuck undercover cops *and* prostitution laws)

  9. “denies the allegations, but respects the criminal justice process and will refrain from saying more until he has his opportunity in court.”

    OK, I’ll wait and see what the court system has to say. Maybe this page could have an update whenever there’s a judicial resolution, however late that happens? Hint.

  10. If you want to quit drinking beer, you can incentivize this by passing a law that makes beer legal to buy but illegal to drink.

    Ergo, politics has something to do with people who want to explore more consequential ways to try to gain more self-control.

  11. If we had a functioning justice system, the charge he’d be facing is aggravated hypocrisy.

    -jcr

    1. Not really. He honestly thought he would never get caught.

  12. Portland Police Bureau? What, does ‘Department’ have too many syllables or do they think Po-Po-Bo/Po-Po-Bro is so much better than Po-Po-D’oh? Not that I really care, it just struck me as odd.

  13. Serves him right.

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