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.
The owners and managers of the massage parlors were arrested a few days after the undercover agents first visited the premises. The arrest affidavits indicated that the women oversaw about 21 different women at the parlors. Some of the women working in the massage parlors were suspected of being made to do so due to sex-trafficking, as brothels with commercial fronts are the second most common sex-trafficking venues in Texas.
Aggravated prostitution promotion is a serious allegation with the potential to permanently alter the course of a person’s future. The consequences of a conviction could lead to a 10-year prison sentence and $10,000 in fines, not to mention the added weight of a criminal record. While facing these types of sex crimes charges can be understandably overwhelming, most defendants can successfully minimize the impacts on their lives by addressing their charges and possible defense strategies in as timely a manner as possible.
Source: dallasnews.com, “15 women accused of running brothels in Dallas after 8 massage parlors busted”, Caleb Downs, Sept. 19, 2016