Fort Bend County, TX

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Fort Bend County is located in the greater Houston area, and has a population of over 750,000.  The county seat is Richmond, and its largest city is Sugar Land. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well documented  problems within the county.  Fort Bend County formed a human trafficking task force in 2013.  In 2015-2016, fifteen teenagers brought in for being a runaway or for committing petty crimes were identified as trafficking victims in the county. In early 2016, a Fort Bend County jury sentenced a 45-year-old man to 40 years in prison following his conviction for human trafficking (he had coerced a woman into prostitution from which he profited).  In October 2016, an Operation Cross Country enforcement action occurred in Fort Bend County. Led by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, the three-day operation attacked both the supply and demand of juvenile prostitution and child exploitation in the Greater Houston area, including Fort Bend County.  Fort Bend police rescued four juveniles plus one adult, and nine suspects were arrested locally on charges ranging from prostitution and promotion of prostitution to attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child. One man showed up at a local motel with his one-year-old son after soliciting an undercover officer over the Internet, seeking to have sex with an 8-year-old child. The man also wanted the officer to engage in sexual intercourse with his 1-year-old son. After the suspect was arrested, that child plus a 6-year-old sibling was rescued from the man’s home.

Among the tactics used to combat prostitution and sex trafficking are those focused on attempting to reduce demand.  For example, in March 2015, law enforcement officials conducted a three-day sting called Operation Spring Cleaning in Fort Bend County.  Collaborating in the reverse sting were Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Task Force agents made contact with the men by posing as children in online social media sites. They said the men then arranged a spot to meet, thinking they would be meeting a child for sex. Twelve men were arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor and attempted sexual assault.  Their names and ages were released publicly.  Other prostitution and trafficking cases including one stemming from a prostitution raid on a massage parlor in 2017.

In July, 2019, a Houston police Officer was arrested on a prostitution charge in Fort Bend County during a human trafficking sweep  conducted by the Fort Bend County Constable’s Office Precinct and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, along with the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance member law enforcement agencies.

 

 

Key Partners

  • Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
  • Fort Bend County Constable’s Office Precinct
  • Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance
  • Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Shaming:

Background on Local Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:

State Texas
Type County
Population 764828
Location
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