Spring, Texas – October 12th, 2017: After receiving numerous complaints of prostitution from citizens and business owners, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office initiated an undercover operation that focused on suppressing the supply and demand for prostitution in and around our neighborhood and businesses. Prostitution has been a catalyst for bringing additional criminal activity to Precinct 4, including, but certainly not limited to Human Trafficking.
As a result of the collaboration of Constable Mark Herman’s various Investigative Units, this operation led to the arrest of 38 persons for Class B Misdemeanor Prostitution. Of the 38 arrested for Prostitution, there were 12 female prostitutes, 1 male prostitute, and 25 suspected male “Johns” soliciting undercover investigators posing as prostitutes. One of the males was also charged with Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Several drug and narcotic charges were also filed on various “Johns”.
Investigators were able to identify and recover four (4) female victims of Human Trafficking, who were allegedly being forced into prostitution. Five (5) of the alleged “Pimps” forcing the females to sell their bodies for money were identified, located, and arrested for Felony Promotion of Prostitution. One of the alleged Pimps was found to be delivering a prostitute with a stolen handgun and 2 year old child in the vehicle at the time. Felony charges for Child Endangerment and Tampering with Evidence were filed.
Forty four (44) people were arrested during the operation and over $1,100.00 were seized during the course of the operation, confirming the presence of Prostitution and a wide variety of criminal activity in and around our neighborhoods and businesses.
“We have taken a firm stance on identifying and assisting Human Trafficking victims and eradicating prostitution from the neighborhoods and business districts of Precinct 4.” The names and photographs of the Human Trafficking victims are being withheld”– Constable Mark Herman