Stars Cabaret denies link to sex trafficking

Stars Cabaret denies link to sex trafficking

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 12:04 PM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A Beaverton strip club said it had no connection to sex trafficking allegations after the club was searched by police and two men were arrested for prostituting two teenage girls Tuesday.

Beaverton police searched the premise of Stars Cabaret at 4570 SW Lombard Avenue in Beaverton and arrested two men as part of an an investigation into the alleged sexual assault and sex trafficking of two 13-year-old girls, police said.

Victor Moreno-Hernandez, 27, was charged on eight felony counts including rape, sodomy and distribution of controlled substances to a minor.

Steven Jason Toth, 42, was charged with rape, sodomy and sex abuse police said. Both men were charged with compelling prostitution.

Toth is currently the manager at Stars Cabaret in Tualatin.

Police alleged that at least one of the girls was forced into prostitution at the Beaverton Stars Cabaret.

"One victim was identified as a runaway who in 2012 had met at least three adult males in Beaverton," said Mike Rowe of the Beaverton Police Department. "These individuals then engaged in a process over a period of time where the juvenile was sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution."

Rowe said the victim had also been given methamphetamine on several occasions.

A statement sent by Stars Beaverton manager Jon Herkenrath stated that the club had nothing to do with sex trafficking.

"We categorically deny any suggestion that any entertainer is engaged in such activity, or that management somehow endorsed or condones the same," Herkenrath said.

"Stars ownership takes the threat of such illegal activity seriously and has, over the years, taken measures to prevent such conduct. In addition, for the past few months, Stars has initiated anti-trafficking efforts, with the cooperation of local law enforcement and federal government agencies."

 

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