PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Opening statements are expected Monday as prosecutors bring a convicted human trafficker to trial for the second time.
In January 2016, a jury convicted Marcus Paye of two counts of compelling prostitution using force or intimidation and 7 counts of promoting prostitution. The jury acquitted him on two counts each of promoting and compelling prostitution.
The trial set for Monday involves a total of 17 separate counts of compelling and promoting prostitution. The 17 counts were not involved in the original trial.
According to court documents, Paye is accused of promoting and compelling a developmentally disabled adult into prostitution. She is an adult, but operates at the level of a 12-13 year old, a motion filed by the state’s attorney.
The victim’s father is the one who alerted police about the suspected human trafficking, according to court documents. He found ads and photos of his daughter on backpage.com in the escort section, records show.
Detectives with the Portland Police Human Trafficking Unit learned that Paye met the woman at a bus stop “and eventually posted her on backpage.com and had made her walk along 82nd Avenue,” according to court documents.
Other allegations made in the court documents include:
- The victim was told never to use Paye’s name if she was stopped by police
- The victim believed that she would be beaten if she didn’t prostitute for him
- The victim would withdraw disability funds and give it to Paye pretending it was proceeds of prostitution because she was fearful what would happen if she didn’t give him money.
Paye was arrested on September 9, 2015. The night he was arrested, he had detained in Washington for shoplifting 5 boxes of condoms, according to court documents.
Records show that Paye is in the custody of the Oregon State Department of Corrections at the Coffee Creek Intake Center. He has yet to be transferred from DOC to Multnomah County for his trial as of late Sunday. His trial is scheduled to last throughout the week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.