PORTLAND – Eight men were charged with sex-trafficking crimes Monday as part of a federal effort to clamp down on pimps. One man was charged with trafficking a Portland woman, who was killed by a U.S. Marine in Hawaii in May, 2013.
The men were charge with taking women from Oregon and transporting them to Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, and Minnesota for the purposes of prostitution, authorities said.
Mark “Meezilini” Miles, Jr., 36; Steven “Flawless” Huffman, Jr., 40; Jorge “Baby Slim” Ortega, Jr., 32; Jermaine “Chocolate” Hankins, 38; Michael “Mackin Mike” Willis, Jr., 28; DeShawne “The Don” Howard, 23; Samuel “Sammega” Howard, Jr., 32; and Camillio “Killa” Carradine, 33 were indicted Monday for violating the Mann Act and the Travel Act, said the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
Miles was charged with illegally transporting Ivanice “Ivy” Harris from Oregon to Hawaii in 2012 and 2013. Ivy Harris was killed in Hawaii in a May, 2013 trip.
U.S. Marine, Nathaniel Cosby, 38, was arrested for Harris’ death in June.
“Local traffickers are sending young Portland-area women all over the country to have sex with strangers for money,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. “The reason traffickers do what they do is because they think they can get away with it; we are here to show them they are wrong.”
Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon Kevin Rickett said the indictments arose from the FBI’s Operation Traffic Stop.
“Until now, successful pimps reaped all the rewards with none of the risk, while the girls and young women they manipulated faced a life of violence and abuse,” said Rickett. “Operations such as this one show the FBI can make a difference.”
The men face maximum sentences of 15 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
Two individuals have yet to be arrested and are charged with sex-trafficking a minor, as well as transporting the minor for prostitution, authorities said.