A BIG Win in an Ongoing Battle


Since 2004, I have been reporting a location that has all the indicators of human trafficking to the human trafficking task force. To keep this in perspective in 2004, I was on the task force and was a trainer to the police- I was trained by the Department of Justice to identify trafficking and assist victims.

In 2005, I found a victim that has escaped from this location- she was cooperative with law enforcement and the task force however- still no results. We assisted this victim and she was later written about in the story the Lost Girls in the April 2010 Texas Monthly. In the hard copy of the magazine we included a photo of the building. Again, no results!

The location belongs to a man who owns many businesses in Houston. One is a car dealership and his wife is a special counsel for Chevron.

After public pressure due to van tours conducted by my friend and colleague Cat French of Elijah Rising the land owner was pressured into closing the location. In meetings with this land owner Cat offered to rent the building- so last week she received the key. I now have a copy of the key on my key chain and I giggle every time I see it.

After 9 years of reporting, getting media attention and filing a victim’s statement with authorities – a van tour closed the facility.

I took great pleasure last week in using a sledge-hammer to break through walls that held my client Kiki.
I look forward to this location being a safe haven in the middle of numerous sexually oriented businesses thriving off the suffering of trafficked victims.

Teamwork, determination, prayer and forced patience led to this small victory.

 

 

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A BIG Win in an Ongoing Battle

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Posted on September 19, 2014, in Human Trafficking and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. What happen to KiKi? Is she okay? Was she able to stay in the U.S.? The article I read (The Lost Girls) RE: sex trafficking and KiKi ends in the year of 2010, which left me wondering what happen to her.

    When will be your next education/training presentation in the Houston area? Id like to attend.

    Is there anyway I can help you? Are you looking for volunteers?

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