A 55-year-old Bend man was arrested Monday after police say he used an online ad to lure two females to a hotel room for sex.
Bend Police Lt. Juli McConkey said the department was made aware of a situation where a suspect had made arrangements to meet two females at a hotel here in Bend.
The initial contact was made through a website designed to facilitate human trafficking, McConkey said
“We were made aware of details that included conversations regarding the suspect meeting the females for sexual purposes. One of the females was purported to be 17 years old,” McConkey said. “We learned that the ad was put onto the website by Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit along with Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Sergeant during a Human Trafficking awareness training that was held on Monday in Central Oregon.”
Sgt. Molly McDade with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Dept. said within 19 hours, they had 27 hits of people “who were very interested in purchasing sex with a young adult. It was an ad we posted for Bend.”
Bend Police Officers followed up on the information and contacted Daniel Packman at the location agreed upon between the undercover officer running the operation and Packman.
“The person pretending to be an underage person said ‘We can meet up, however, I am only 17 years old.’ Then Mr. Packman replied ‘Oh, that’s okay. I will still meet.’ So then, of course, he met and was contacted,” McConkey said.
During the investigation, evidence was located that corroborated Packman’s involvement regarding this incident. Packman was arrested on two counts of prostitution and one count of purchasing sex with a minor. He was taken to the Deschutes County Jail.
Nita Belles is the founder of In Our Backyard and has been working for years to raise awareness of sex trafficking in Central Oregon.
“If I were to venture a guess, I would say it happens every day or nearly every day here in Central Oregon,” she said.
“First of all, I’m not surprised because we know there is a lot of human trafficking here in Central Oregon. I’m not surprised because law enforcement knew what they were doing and did their job well. And somebody was caught doing something that is not good.”