HOUSTON – A 14-year-old girl was among victims rescued from a motel in Harris County Precinct 4, deputies said at a press conference Friday.
The investigation began Thursday when deputies responded to a disturbance at the Super 8 Motel located in the 16000 block of the North Freeway. While there, a woman asked for a ride to the hospital and officials became suspicious and began asking questions, deputies said.
Officials said they made contact with Allen Auston, 29, in his hotel room, along with the 14-year-old girl and another woman -- as well as a 2-year-old child. Investigators said they believe the girl was being used for "sex purposes" by Auston and was being "pimped out" in north Harris County.
The teen had been listed as a runaway since early February and is from a small town within a 100-mile radius of Houston, said Mark Herman, Harris County Precinct 4 constable said. He would not specify the town.
The 14-year-old girl was taken to Texas Children's Hospital for treatment and was released to her parents Friday morning, Herman said.
Investigators arrested a man accused of pimping the girls, they said.
He is charged with human trafficking of a minor, aggravated promotion of prostitution and compelling prostitution. He has previous arrests on charges of posession, criminal trespass, driving with a suspended license and hindering apprehension or prosecution.