HOUSTON: Feds Move to Seize Buildings Connected to Human Trafficking

Originally posted by Robert Arnold on click2houston.com on January 19, 2015—
“The federal government is attempting to seize several buildings in the Houston area that are connected to a massive human trafficking operation.

Documents filed in a Houston federal court on Jan. 13 said the government is attempting to seize 11 properties in southeast Houston, Huffman and Channelview.

Some of the buildings have become neighborhood eyesores and nuisances since FBI agents broke the back of the operation in late 2013.

“Disturbing actually, embarrassed, too — you know, having all that stuff and our clients see it,” said Jose Martinez.

Martinez and his family operate a boxing club and Zumba fitness business on Telephone Road near Park Place Boulevard. The business primarily caters to families and is connected to a pair of shuttered nightclubs that federal agents said were the hub of an operation forcing young girls into prostitution.

Since those operating the businesses were arrested, the area has become a dumping ground and both buildings are wide to open to vagrants.

“We have kids here and sometime they can go and you never know what’s in there,” said Zumba instructor Stephany Lopez.

Federal officials said the plan would be sell the buildings so the spots can be used for something productive in these communities.”

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