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Bulverde is a Central Texas city of about 6,000 residents. It is in Comal County and considered part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. Instances of prostitution and sex trafficking have been reported in the city and in the county. Among the more serious crimes associated with the local commercial sex market is child sex trafficking. For example, in 2016, a sex trafficker was arrested in Comal County after a woman reported her teenage niece missing to county officials. According to reports, the victim was living with her sex trafficker as his fiancé and was pregnant with his child at the time of the investigation. The victim had allegedly been brought into the United States from Honduras by her sex trafficker and her aunt. This was confirmed by the victim, who gave officials receipts documenting the payment installments from her aunt to the sex trafficker. Both the aunt and the sex trafficker were arrested and charged with child sex trafficking on bonds of $523,000 and $500,000, respectively, in addition to immigration holds. The 15-year-old girl and her newborn baby were placed under the care of Child Protective Services (CPS).
Shaming and loss of employment are consequences of buying sex that have occurred within the city. For example, in March of 2019, a sergeant with the Bulverde Police Department was arrested after he allegedly solicited an undercover officer who was posing as a prostituted woman. According to an affidavit, the officer went to a south-side intersection in San Antonio that had a reputation for prostitution. The former sergeant spoke to an undercover officer from the San Antonio Police Department and offered to pay $20 for a sex act. The officer walked away and advised additional undercover officers to apprehend the suspect. Police said that the sex buyer fled the scene, but officers were able to identify his license plate, which eventually led to his arrest. The sex buyer was charged with prostitution, amongst additional charges for fleeing from officials, and was booked at the Bexar County Jail on an $800 bond. According to reports, he was released from the Bexar County Jail after posting his bond. The following week, he resigned from the Bulverde Police Department. The offender’s identity, photo, age, location, and charges were included in reports from local news sources.
Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- Two charged with child sex trafficking in Comal County (2016)
- Two arrested with felony child sex trafficking charges in Comal County (2016)
Sex Buyer Fired or Resigned Due to Arrest, Identity Disclosure: