An undercover investigation by Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office led to the arrests of 38 people on prostitution charges. The operation followed complaints from residents and business owners.
The 38 people arrested were each charged with Class B prostitution, a misdemeanor offense. 12 of them were female prostitutes, one was a male prostitute and 25 males were suspected of soliciting undercover investigators who had posed as prostitutes. One of the males was also charged with felon in possession of a weapon while several of the other males were charged with drug and narcotic offenses.
Investigators were able to identify and recover four female human trafficking victims who had been allegedly forced into prostitution.
Five alleged "pimps" were identified, found and arrested. They were each charged with felony promotion of prostitution. One of them was carrying a stolen handgun when he was driving with a prostitute and had a two-year-old child in the vehicle, adding felony charges of child endangerment and tampering with evidence to his promotion of prostitution charge.
More than $1,000 was seized as part of the investigation operation.
“We have taken a firm stance on identifying and assisting human trafficking victims and eradicating prostitution from the neighborhoods and business districts of Precinct 4,” said Constable Mark Herman.