Humble is a city of about 15,600 residents, situated northeast of Houston near Spring and Atascocita in Harris County, Texas. Prostitution in Humble can be traced back to the 1800s, where increases in prostitution activity accompanied the economic boom triggered in each town by the coming of the railroad during the 1870s and 1880s.
According to a report developed for the Texas State Historical Association, the first major oil boom in the state “attracted a swarm of prostitutes [to the area] during the initial decade of the twentieth century.” Prostitution continues to be a problem in Humble and throughout Harris County.
Attempts to combat prostitution have included tactics targeting demand. In late October 2013, more than a dozen people have been arrested in an online prostitution sting during Halloween dubbed “Operation Boo” in northwest Harris County. The two-day operation targeted suspects who either buy or sell sex online, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said undercover deputies posed as prostitutes as well as people soliciting sex online. They arranged to meet suspects at a hotel on U.S. 59 and FM 1960 in the Humble area. HCSO officials said they will continue to conduct similar prostitution operations year-round, targeting those who solicit sex as well as those who sell it.
- Harris County Sheriff’s Office
- Humble Police Department
- Web Stings and Shaming:
- “14 Arrested in Halloween Prostitution Sting Near Humble”, Houston Chronicle, November 5 2013.
- “HCSO Arrests 14 in Humble Online Prostitution Sting”, Humble Tribune, November 5 2013.
- “Harris County Undercover Online Prostitution Sting ‘Operation Boo’ Nets 14 Arrests”, ABC/KTRK-TV 13, November 5 2013.
- “Online Prostitution Sting Nets Over a Dozen Arrests in Humble Area”, Humble Observer, November 5 2013.
- “Online Prostitution Sting Nets Over a Dozen Arrests”, Humble Observer, November 6 2013.
- Background on Prostitution in the Area: