HPD charges 64 in prostitution sting
The Houston Police Department’s Vice Division recently arrested 64 people on prostitution-related charges during a sting operation to hurt sexually-oriented businesses, according to HPD.
On Jan. 20, the HPD Vice Division initiated a pro-active investigation by opening and operating a “modeling studio” in the southwest Houston area. Hundreds of potential customers contacted the studio with the intent to buy sex. HPD Vice officers were able to identify and charge 64 males who ultimately went to the location and agreed to purchase sex from undercover officers.
On Feb. 19, investigators in the HPD Vice Division, with assistance from the HPD Warrant Execution Team and various tactical units arrested the suspects.
An audio file of an attempted transaction:
HPD’s goal is to lower the demand for sex trafficking which often involves under-age girls and women being abused and coerced into prostitution. By targeting patrons, the hope is to reduce demand for these illegal businesses and the exploited women forced into them.
Anyone with information on these types of cases is urged to contact the HPD Vice Division at 713-308-8600.