PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 21-year-old woman is accused of compelling and promoting a 17-year-old girl into human sex trafficking, according to police and prosecutors.
Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney JR Ujifusa wrote in court documents that Shanell N. Rix came up as a suspect into possible human sex trafficking after authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The tip reported that a 17 year old girl was in the Portland area and was likely engaging in sex acts for money. It initially came into officers assigned with the Beaverton Police Department, according to Portland Police.
Investigators found a Backpage.com post that was likely associated with the missing teen, according to court documents.
Undercover officers set up a “date” for $250, according to court documents. Police know that the word date usually means a sex act in exchange for money.
The officers were directed to head to an apartment complex in Northeast Portland along 82nd Avenue.
“About 45 minutes before the scheduled ‘date,’ the [undercover] officer received a text message asking if he would be interested in 2 girls,” according to court documents. “The officer agreed and stated he would have to go to the ATM to get more money.”
When the undercover officer arrived at the apartment complex, he was told where to go and the unit’s door was left unlocked.
“The officer immediately recognized one of the females as the missing 17 year old based on photographs he had received,” according to court documents.
Rix was the second person inside the apartment, according to court documents.
Police found the cellphone that she was allegedly using to communicate with the undercover officers, records state.
Officials believe that both Rix and the 17 year old had been involved in “dates” in the Spokane, Washington area.
“…when asked who rented the room, the victim stated ‘minors can’t rent hotel rooms.’”
If you have information regarding this case, please contact Sergeant Norm Staples with the Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118 or 503-545-3391.
Nix was booked on charges of compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution and attempting to use a child in display of a sexually explicit act.
The case was investigated by officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau, Beaverton Police Department and FBI.