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Reporting Sex Trafficking

Putting an End to Sex Trafficking & Protecting Minors 

Sex trafficking is a horrific crime that requires all Oregonians' attention. All too often, sex traffickers attempt to operate out of businesses that have no idea of what is occurring until it is too late. The hospitality industry finds itself on the front lines of confronting this tragic issue.

During the 2021 legislative session, the Oregon legislature took action (SB 515) to confront sex trafficking. With the passage of this bill alcohol service permittees working at a premises with a Full or a Limited On-Premises Sales license are now mandatory reporters for sex trafficking. As such these permittees are required to report any reasonable belief that sex trafficking is occurring on the licensed premises to law enforcement and the OLCC. In addition, these permittees are also required to report to the OLCC, any reasonable belief that a minor is employed or contracted as a performer at the licensed premises in a manner that violates OLCC rule.

Service Permittee Responsibilities: Your Role in Prevention and Responding  

What is sex trafficking? 
  • The State of Oregon defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act. 
  • The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 adds, it is not necessary to demonstrate force, fraud, or coercion in sex trafficking cases involving children under the age of 18. The term “commercial sex act" is defined as “any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person" (22 U.S.C. 7102). 

Sex trafficking exists within diverse and unique sets of venues and businesses including fake massage businesses, escort services, residential brothels, in public on city streets and in truck stops, strip clubs, hostess clubs, hotels and motels, and elsewhere.

See Something, Say Something! Make a Report.  

Service permittees are required to report sex trafficking to local law enforcement and to the OLCC. 

If the situation is an emergency or you believe someone is in immediate danger, you should first call 911 and alert the police that you think it might be sex trafficking. 

  • To report any suspected trafficking to the OLCC, please file an Online Complaint


How do I recognize sex trafficking? 

Sex trafficking occurs when individuals are made to perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Any child under 18 who is involved in commercial sex is legally a victim of trafficking, regardless of whether there is a third party involved. 

There is no evidence that traffickers are more likely to be of a particular race, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation.  

They may be family members, romantic partners, acquaintances, or strangers. 

Someone may be experiencing sex trafficking if they: 

  • Want to stop participating in commercial sex but feel scared or unable to leave the situation. 
  • Disclose that they were reluctant to engage in commercial sex but that someone pressured them into it. 
  • Live where they work or are transported by guards between home and workplace. 
  • Are children who live with or are dependent on a family member with a substance use problem or who is abusive. 
  • Have a “pimp" or “manager" in the commercial sex industry. 
  • Work in an industry where it may be common to be pressured into performing sex acts for money, such as a strip club, illicit cantina, go-go bar, or illicit massage business. 
  • Have a controlling parent, guardian, romantic partner, or “sponsor" who will not allow them to meet or speak with anyone alone or who monitors their movements, spending, or communications.