October 12, 2013 Houston Texas (KHOU) – Undercover officers had a busy night Thursday raiding two bars in southeast Houston and rescuing many young girls, who may have been part of a human trafficking ring.
Agents from multiple agencies, including the FBI, DPS and Homeland Security took part in a massive raid on two cantinas on Telephone Road near Edna Street.
Law enforcement officials said that more than a dozen suspects were arrested as part of the federal investigation that had been going on for two and a half years.
“Sex slavery is not occurring in a foreign country; it is happening in our own backyard,” Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said during a press conference held Friday afternoon.
Twelve victims were rescued with all of them being Mexican immigrants. Officials said at least five of them were minors.
Investigators said patrons were charged anywhere from $65 for 15 minutes with a woman, to up to $500 per hour. The business charged $20 for a condom.
The price varied based on the woman’s looks and her youth, investigators said.
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