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Third suspect linked to human trafficking case

Recent arrest is latest in ongoing Beaverton investigation


Vancouver, Wash., police arrested a suspect on Friday, Dec. 20, as part the Beaverton Police Department’s ongoing investigation of human trafficking in the area.

The Vancouver Police Department arrested Yahir Ibidem Muniz, 30, on a secret indictment arrest warrant issued by a Washington County Grand Jury. The warrant was issued as part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation Beaverton police initiated in September.Muniz

Muniz faces numerous Measure 11 criminal charges, including three counts of second-degree rape, three counts of unlawful second-degree sexual penetration, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of second-degree sodomy, said Officer Jeremy Shaw, Beaverton police spokesman.

Muniz’s arrest stems from a collaborative investigative effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies. His was the third arrest in the past month related to the human trafficking investigation Beaverton police initiated on Sept. 20.

With the help of other local law enforcement agencies, Beaverton detectives arrested two suspects on Tuesday, Dec. 11, related to a sexual assault and sex trafficking operation involving two 13-year-old girls at a local adult entertainment business.

Victor Moreno-Hernandez, 27, and Steven Jason Toth, 42, both of Beaverton, were arrested when detectives served search warrants at two residences in Beaverton and at Stars Cabaret, an adult entertainment business at 4570 S.W. Lombard Ave.

One victim was identified as a runaway who in 2012 had met at least three adult men in Beaverton. These individuals engaged in a process over a period of time where the juvenile was sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution, said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton Police Department spokesman. At least one of the suspects provided the juvenile with methamphetamine on several occasions.

The investigation showed the victim had been sexually assaulted by the two suspects, and through their collaboration, the victim was used for prostitution inside of Stars Cabaret.

Moreno-Hernandez was arrested on accusations of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution. Toth faces allegations of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution.

The two suspects were arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail, as was Muniz following his arrest.



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