Authorities in Texas recently filed charges related to what they say was a significant prostitution ring being headed by a professional pilot. The 51-year-old pilot for United Airlines was arrested in connection with multiple brothels that operated in one of Texas' major cities. He is now facing state crime charges for promoting prostitution and engaging in organized crime.
The pilot was under investigation for 8 months, and police say that he was responsible for several brothels that fronted as simple massage parlors. Up to 10 women were apparently living in each one, for which they were expected to pay several hundred dollars a week in order to work. This money apparently covered the costs of online advertising.
Police also arrested 19 different women, although their charges and alleged roles in the matter is much less clear. However, a 37-year-old woman is believed to have helped the pilot manage everything in Houston. She later posted $5,000 bond and was released from police custody. The pilot also posted bond, although his was set at $15,000. United Airlines released a statement saying that it has since removed the pilot from his previous flying duties, but he is apparently still an ongoing employee while the investigation continues.
While some in Texas might call for the end of his employment with the airline, it is vital to remember that being accused of state crime charges is not the same as being convicted. At all points throughout the investigation and criminal court proceedings, defendants are still innocent under the law with full access to their rights and privileges. During this time, most defendants choose to carefully review their charges alongside their counsel in order to create the best defense strategy possible that will help them achieve the most favorable outcome for their personal situation.
Source: insideedition.com, "Cops: United Airlines Pilot Arrested For Running A 'Prostitution Enterprise'", Johanna Li, March 25, 2016