HOUSTON (CBS Houston) On Wednesday, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office conducted “Operation Red Light” with the assistance of various law enforcement agencies and arrested several individuals in connection with alleged illegal activities at several Houston area massage parlors.
The Harris County Sheriff’s office alongside the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office, US Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) organized and executed “Operation Red Light” which led to the arrest of 16 employees of the adult-themed establishments.
While the The Harris County District Attorney’s Office accepted over 24 charges on the businesses, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office designated 48 fire code violations from several locations targeted in the compliance checks.
According to Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB) that conduct illegal activities will be of continued interest for law enforcement as they work to eradicate them: “Our crime-fighting deputies will continue to bust SOBs for prostitution, illegal drugs, illegal gun possession, unlicensed serving of alcohol and other crimes, just we like we have done before,” Sheriff Adrian has said. “But the county regulations will, among other things, allow us to work with the County Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and the constables to prevent some of these unwanted businesses from opening in the first place.”
“SOBs will have to obtain licenses to operate legally, and a fire marshal’s inspection is one of the requirements of licensure. Information on the criminal backgrounds of any operators will also be required. The regulations provide for notice to, and input from, residents before any SOB can open,” stated officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Click here to view those new regulations as provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.