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Eight charged with soliciting intercourse on-line in human trafficking sting, police say

Portland police charged eight people of covertly trafficking in human beings online in the past month, police said.

Police charged Daniel Gallagher, 56, from Portland; Adam Kearsley, 36, of Spokane; Matthew Zelkind, 60, of Portland; Emmanuel Rodriquez Barreto, 34, of Vancouver; Michael James, 53, of Vancouver; Gerardo Alva, 47, from Vancouver; and Rafael Robles Martinez, 43, of Tacoma with commercial sexual advertisements, officials said.

The eight defendants all responded to “deception” reports posted by undercover agents on well-known human trafficking websites demanding payment for sexual acts, police said. Police arrested each person when they arrived at the appointed meeting point, Sergeant Kevin Allen said.

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