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Arrests Made by HPD in Prostitution Sting

February 23, 2005 -- Tuesday, February 22, 2005, Houston Police Department Westside Patrol Division, in cooperation with the Vice Division and Federal Bureau of
Investigations (FBI), conducted a prostitution sting operation in the area of Bissonnet and the Sam Houston Tollway. Westside Division Captain Bownds reported that 15 suspects were arrested. There were a total of ten felony charges as well as twenty-four misdemeanor charges. Also arrested was a male suspect who was charged with compelling prostitution.

The Westside Patrol Division and Vice Division were responding to several complaints received from citizens complaining about prostitution in the area.

The prostitution law applies to anyone who offers or agrees to engage in a sexual act for a fee. Often, the public perceives that only the prostitute commits a criminal violation. Prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a $2,000.00 fine or both.


For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.