A San Antonio jury has found a man guilty of human trafficking for forcing at least 10 women into prostitution.
Legal experts and police warn that ads promising free rent for “roommates with benefits” may be fraught with peril.
The men are accused of holding 115 people in a Houston home and threatening them with violence if they could not come up with a ransom payment.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Houston Mayor Annise Parker are discussing plans for anti-human trafficking legislation to be submitted in Congress.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Free the Captives – an organization that combats sex slavery and other forms of human trafficking-continues the “crack down” on individuals who buy sex or sell sex.
Officials raided a home that was being used to house illegal immigrants as well as a drug operation Tuesday.
An estimated 18,000 foreign nationals are victims of human trafficking each year, according to the Rescue & Restore campaign administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A second human trafficking bust police in two weeks left Houston Police in a hostage situation involving seven illegal immigrants Sunday.