FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office announced the arrest of Naazir Jackson Wednesday following a yearlong human trafficking investigation.
Authorities said in a news conference that law enforcement tracked Jackson’s Katy home in the unincorporated Cinco Ranch South Lake subdivision, finding that it worked as a kind of headquarters for a complex human trafficking operation.
People were recruited and trafficked using social media and online apps were used for payment, authorities said.
Jackson is charged with compelling prostitution and promotion of prostitution, both felonies. He is being held on $50,00 and $35,000 bond, respectively.
Though authorities did not offer specific details due to the threat of jeopardizing the investigation, Fort Bend County Pct. 3 Constable Wayne Thompson did say more than three people were victims -- “a handful and we anticipate probably more.” Thompson said after these kinds of cases are revealed more people often come forward saying they were also victims.
Authorities confirmed none of the known victims were minors.
When Jackson was arrested, authorities said they used armored vehicles to protect SWAT officers and medical teams working at the home as search and arrest warrants were served.
Craig Priesmeyer, Assistant District Attorney at Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, said the human trafficking operation was unearthed by the office’s specialists in online crimes. However, he implored the public to come forward if they see anything. Priesmeyer said victims have a variety of resources in Fort Bend County to get the help they need, including for child victims.
“People will say, ‘I thought something was going on there, but I didn’t think much of it,” Thompson added.
If you have suspicions of human trafficking, Thompson said it’s important to seek help immediately by calling this number: 888-373-7888 or 911 if someone’s life is in danger.
Asked about those who may be afraid to speak out due to their immigration status, Thompson said law enforcement is not concerned about their citizenship status.
“We’re here to put the bad guys in jail,” he said. “… That’s our only concern.”