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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