Harris County undercover prostitution operation nets 10 arrests, including sex offender, authorities say

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HOUSTON – The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office said it conducted an undercover prostitution operation in recent days in north Harris County near schools and businesses and made 10 arrests, including suspects with illegal weapons and a registered sex offender.

The undercover operation started on Sept. 1 to coincide when new legislation House Bill 1540 went into effect changing the crime of soliciting prostitution from a misdemeanor to a felony.

“Prostitution is one of the prime driving forces behind human trafficking, with the new felony penalties the demand for paid sex will be reduced,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said via a news release.