Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 93° Partly Cloudy
News >  Pacific NW

Man charged in human trafficking case involving teen

Associated Press

SEATTLE – A Seattle-area man is facing federal charges in connection with the human trafficking of a girl brought to Oregon to work in strip clubs. reported federal prosecutors in Oregon say 19-year-old Kamajah Skannal took a runaway 17-year-old girl from Federal Way to Portland to work as a prostitute.

The girl came to the attention of authorities after her mother reported her missing.

Skannal was indicted on a human trafficking-related charge in October. Details of the charges against him weren’t made public until this month when court statements from an FBI agent were unsealed.

Investigators say Skannal drove her and other females to Portland to work as prostitutes, and provided the girl with a fake id in order to gain employment at a strip club.

Skannal was jailed until late last year but has been released on bond while his case proceeds.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox

Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.