Over a dozen women were recently taken into police custody for allegedly engaging in sex-trafficking. All of the 15 who were arrested face charges of promoting prostitution, which is a felony. Others are also accused of conspiring to commit sex-trafficking while others still face allegations of racketeering. The potential consequences for these types of sex crimes can be severe and lead to lengthy prison sentences.
The sex-trafficking ring apparently operated between eight different brothels that fronted as massage parlors. The investigation into possible illicit activity was spearheaded by multiple agencies, including local Texas police and agents from Homeland Security. Undercover agents from these agencies visited the massage parlor as clients, where they paid for and received massages. Agents claimed that they were offered sexual favors during the massages, but declined.