HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 8, 2021, Judge Erik Buchér found Marvin Joe Randall guilty of four counts of compelling prostitution and two counts of promoting prostitution. Mr. Randall’s convictions stem from his role in sexually trafficking the 17-year-old victim in early 2018. Deputy District Attorney Marie Atwood prosecuted the case against Mr. Randall.

In March of 2018, investigators with the Beaverton Police Department learned that the victim in this case, a minor at the time, was being advertised on prostitution websites. Further investigation revealed the victim’s own relatives were trafficking her for money in the Oregon and Washington area.

Mr. Randall, a family friend, also helped facilitate the victim’s participation in prostitution. Mr. Randall posted explicit advertisements of the victim to prostitution websites, which led to her further victimization at the hands of adult men. The defendant also established a bank account so that he could be compensated with prostitution proceeds. Mr. Randall and four other adults have now been convicted for crimes relating to their exploitation of this victim.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is a proud member of the Washington County Human Trafficking Task Force. Launched in 2018, this task force brings law enforcement and community groups together to help combat human trafficking.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victim in this case, as well as the Washington County Human Trafficking Task Force and Detective Chad Opitz of the Beaverton Police Department. Additionally, this office wishes to recognize the compassion of a key witness. This witness became so moved by the victim’s plight that they donated their witness fees to Safety Compass, a local nonprofit that provides resources and support to victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Safety Compass is also a member of the Washington County Human Trafficking Task Force.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 18, 2021.

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Stephen Mayer
Public Information Officer
January 12, 2021