44 people were arrested on different charges as a result of a 2-week undercover prostitution sting. The sting operation was held in the FM 1960 and I-45 area of north Houston. Officials say 38 arrests are linked to prostitution, 12 of the suspects being female, one male and 25 male “Johns,” who solicited undercover investigators acting as “prostitutes” for paid sex.
Weapons, narcotics, and trafficking issues are also involved in this case, adding new charges to several suspects. One male possessing a weapon, as deputies say, was charged with felony, while some of the “Johns” have drug charges along with prostitution. According to investigations, 4 cases of human trafficking (all victims being female and forced to be prostitutes) were also discovered through this operation, as well as 5 pimps identified and charged with promoting prostitution. Investigators say one of the pimps used a stolen weapon to deliver a prostitute and now is charged with felony for tampering with evidence and child endangerment, since a 2-year-old child was also found in the car.
The corridor serving as a prostitution and narcotics hub had become a major issue for the business owners of the area. Their customers were often bothered by offers which contributed to their businesses in no way. Some of the business owners have even installed security cameras on their buildings. The problem had become so prevalent that they finally brought it to the attention of the authorities. Now, that Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman says “...we got these folks off the road,” the corridor is as calm and peaceful as never, with no customer complaining anymore.
To define prostitution, it’s any business or practice of engaging in sexual activity, which is paid. Prostitution is sometimes referred to as commercial sex or hooking. The person working in this sphere is a type of sex worker or prostitute. In fact, prostitution is only one of the branches of the sex industry, which also includes pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing.