Five arrested in Human Trafficking case in Houston

August 25, 2009
HOUSTON- Four men and five women were arrested in August of 2009 on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking of children, as well as forcing and coercing adults to engage in commercial sex acts.

According to the unsealed indictment, the defendants allegedly operated commercialized sex businesses often disguised as modeling studios, health spas, massage parlors and bikini bars in Houston, and used sexually oriented publications and Web sites to advertise their illicit business.

"The defendants are charged with transporting and threatening young women with violence in order to force them into prostitution," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot said.