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Human Trafficking Ring Operated in SMC

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Multiple law enforcement agencies in Montgomery and Harris Counties and federal agencies announced Friday they have arrested three men and are searching for a fourth in connection with a large scale international human trafficking operation. They also rescued eight Chinese nationals who were victims of human trafficking.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Tyler Dunman, who is the DA’s Special Crimes Bureau Chief, said on Thursday his office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Houston Police Department and the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office executed four search warrants at locations in Montgomery and Harris Counties, following a lengthy investigation.

As they executed the search warrants, Dunman said they discovered and recovered evidence of human trafficking and commercial sex acts and industry. That was also when they rescued the eight victims, who were then helped by non-profit groups who took them to secure locations where they were provided with food and other necessities. He said those arrested were charged with first-degree felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, with the underlying offense being the second-degree felony Human Trafficking.

The investigation that led to the arrests began with a Montgomery County resident reporting suspicious activity at a residence in The Woodlands. Lt. Philip Cash, who heads up the MCSO Special Investigations Unit and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, said they began receiving information in March and began to investigate and conduct surveillance on multiple locations. It was an issue local law enforcement had not seen in the past, Cash said, but there had been several reports over the past year. They were successful in arresting all but one suspect. Jinger Wang, a 33-year-old male, saw law enforcement and abandoned his vehicle, fleeing on foot in an apartment complex. Lt. Cash said

“We’re asking for the help of the community to locate this person,” Lt. Cash said. “He has an active warrant. You can contact crime stoppers or your local police department. We appreciate any help we can get to get this guy off the streets.”

The suspects are part of a much larger scale operation with national and international ties, authorities said. In this case, they were moving the women, who ranged in age from 20 to 30, from location to location in Harris and Montgomery Counties.

District Attorney Brett Ligon said the women were essentially modern-day slaves, with no resources and no control over their own lives, who had no choice but to do as they were told and were not allowed to come and go freely from the locations where they’d been placed.

They were living in squalor, under conditions Dunman said affected everyone who was present when they were liberated from their captors. Ligon said most people treated their animals better than the eight women were treated.

Officials said many of the women who become victims of sex trafficking were vulnerable because they were in desperate situations in their own countries and were placed in a situation where they were in a foreign country whose language they did not speak or understand, and may have been living with threats toward not only them, but their families at home. They were forced to work at businesses like massage parlors where they were not required to know the language or have a degree and it was easy for those in control to facilitate the sale of sexual activity.

Ligon said the law enforcement and community and the community at large have a vested interested in trying to bring these people to justice.

“We don’t hardly have any sexually oriented businesses in Montgomery County,” Ligon said. “We’re certainly not going to tolerate human trafficking for sex cases.”

“We want to crush the trade here in Montgomery County,” he said.

 

(Scroll down for names and photos of those in custody)

 

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 The four locations of the search warrants:

1) Amy Spa – 32015 Highway 249, Pinehurst, Texas (Montgomery County)

2) 9415 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas (Harris County)

3) Foot Ways Spa – 2111 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, Texas (Harris County)

4) Elin Spa – 5200 FM 2920, Spring, Texas (Harris County)

Along with these search warrants, four felony arrest warrants were executed for the human traffickers involved in this criminal enterprise.  Felony arrests were made of the following individuals:

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Tran, Thomes

2/20/57

10 Rolling Mill Ln

Spring, Tx 77380

ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

BOND $250,000

 

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Xie, Nianying

12/24/71

9219 Belliare

Houston, Tx 77036

ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

BOND $250,000

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Wright, Jeffrey Lee

5/17/68

29115 Cherokee Ln

Waller, Tx 77484

ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

BOND $250,000.00

 

 

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Xing Shun Shi

11/25/75

9415 Bellaire Blvd. #80

Houston, Tx. 77036

ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

BOND $250,000.00

 

Law enforcement is needing the public’s help in locating another person of interest – Jinger Wang

 

 

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