HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police operating a bogus brothel have arrested 139 men allegedly seeking to buy sex.
Police Chief Art Acevedo (ah-seh-VAY’-doh) on Thursday announced results of the sting that began Oct. 6 and included one officer arrested on sexual exploitation-related counts.
Acevedo, who displayed booking photos of dozens of suspects, said the officer has been put on restricted duty amid the investigation. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Acevedo told a news conference that the sex trade is alive in Houston and that women were the victims being coerced into prostitution.
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