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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Portland Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

PORTLAND, Ore. – U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Isaiah Michael Simpson, 30, of Portland, Oregon, to 120 months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor.  Simpson will be required to serve five years on supervision following his release from prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender.  Simpson will serve his sentence concurrently with a 5-15 year sentence imposed in November 2014 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada, for carrying a concealed firearm.

Simpson pled guilty in December 2014 to trafficking a minor for the purpose of prostitution for a one-week period in 2013.  According to documents filed in the case, Simpson was also responsible for trafficking three adult women, including his wife, between 2009 and 2013.  Simpson would demand that the women make more money from prostitution before they could stop working for the night, and told his wife in a text message to “stay on your money till you pass out exhausted.”  The term “stay on your money” is known to law enforcement to mean “continue to engage in prostitution” to those in the prostitution industry.

“The commercial sexual exploitation of children violates federal sex trafficking laws, as does sex trafficking of adult women by force and coercion, and is a heinous offense,” stated Acting U. S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.  “Anyone who traffics a child or uses coercion to compel prostitution in the District of Oregon will be prosecuted and face lengthy mandatory prison sentences.”

This case stemmed from a coordinated investigation by members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, including the FBI and the Portland Police Bureau.  The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children through sex trafficking, as well as to identify and recover victims.  The case was prosecuted by former Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacie Beckerman, who was recently appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Shoemaker, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, handled the sentencing.

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Updated November 30, 2015