HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department, along with other agencies, held a news conference to announce multiple arrests made in a human trafficking investigation.
According to authorities, the sting started March 19, lasted through March 28 and focused on Fort Bend County and the Katy area.
During the sting, 47 people were arrested and of those, there were 27 woman and 20 men, officials said.
Eight of those people were confirmed victims and another eight were charged with human trafficking-related offenses, authorities said.
The others faced charges including sexual assault of a child, possession of a controlled substance, unlawfully carrying a weapon, tampering with evidence and prostitution, officers said.
Sgt. John Wall, with the Houston Police Department Vice Division, said despite all the arrests, the most rewarding part of the investigation was rescuing two minors, the youngest being 16.
Wall emphasized that human trafficking is happening everywhere and encouraged victims to come forward.