FBI Portland
Beth Anne Steele
(503) 460-8099
November 15, 2017

FBI Increases Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect

Updated November 17, 2017: Fugitive Kamau Curnal turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017. The arrest was without incident. Curnal will appear at 2:00 pm today in front of Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

The FBI would like to thank the Washington and Oregon media for their assistance in bringing this fugitive investigation to a conclusion.


The FBI’s Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facebook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

  • Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 185 pounds
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: Black

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.