Sex traffickers in Portland are going to spend more time in prison because of a change in the justice system that is calling for much tougher sentences.
The Oregonian reports that last year the average sentence for a pimp in Portland increased to 12 years. Some pimps received prison terms double that or longer.
Last week, a Portland judge underscored the seriousness of sex trafficking when he sentenced a repeat pimp to life in prison with no possibility of release. That is the first time prosecutors or police had seen that happen.
The shift is being credited to police, probation officers, social workers, jailers and prosecutors, who began about five years ago pushing for tougher sentences for pimps.