It's one distinction that civic braggart Portland won't be lording over Seattle and other U.S. cities: unlike its enviable transit system and most-livable honors, being the most wide-open city for sex in America - as ABC put it in a report last night - isn't a line likely to show up in the Chamber of Commerce brochure. As Portland mayor Sam Adams (who was caught up in his own sex scandal) Tweeted after last night's report: "Awful. Unacceptable. Action required."
Sadly, what gives the Rose City this uncoveted distinction (something Dan Rather earlier reported on in his "Pornland, Oregon" piece) - is this, said ABC: "It is a national hub for child sex trafficking," and with more than 100 strip clubs and massage parlors, Portland is "per capita, the largest legal commercial sex industry in the nation - bigger than even Vegas." As one official put it, girls "have been gang raped, tied up in Saran Wrap - We're talking about 13-year-old girls left for dead in their hotel rooms without water or food for days. Pimps put logos on their bodies and they're treated like animals." Suddenly, those Al Gore "poodle" jokes aren't so funny.