POLICE Department

HPD Vice Investigation Nets Multiple Arrests

November 13, 2015 - Charges have been filed against 10 suspects arrested in a prostitution initiative in northeast Houston on Tuesday (November 10).

In an effort to decrease the prostitution demand, investigators in the Houston Police Department Vice Division, with the assistance of the Northeast Patrol Division Differential Response Team (DRT), conducted an operation in the 3600 block of Tidford.  Nine males attempted to buy sex in exchange for money and were taken into custody.  One female soliciting prostitution in the same area was also taken into custody.  

The male suspects are charged with prostitution and identified as:

Sergio Ivan Pena (H/m, 28), Harris County Criminal Court #2
Jaime Cesar Vitales (H/m, 36), Harris County Criminal Court #11
Nofil Amin (w/m, 32), Harris County Criminal Court #13
Ezequiel Compean (H/m, 50), Harris County Criminal Court #8
Ganao Aguire (H/m, 26), Harris County Criminal Court #6
Jose Bernabe Hernandez (H/m, 49), Harris County Criminal Court #15
Alvia Lewis Gilchrist (b/m, 36), Harris County Criminal Court #1
Donnell Keys (b/m, 59), Harris County Criminal Court #5
One female suspect, Lila Caren Edwards (w/m, 34) is charged with prostitution in the 208th State District Court.  

Photos of all suspects can be viewed on the HPD Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonpolice/albums/72157658790692734

NOTE: Investigators are not available for interviews today.  However, HPD Vice Division Lieutenant C. Richards speaks to the importance of these arrests in the fight against Human trafficking on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/--WgdiWAlFY  

HPD's goal is to lower the demand for sex trafficking, which often involves under-age girls and women being abused and coerced into prostitution.  By targeting patrons, the hope is to reduce demand for these illegal activities and the exploited women forced into them.

VHS/KJS  11-13-15 

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