Houston: Sting Targets Underage Prostitutes, Pimps

By Elizabeth Scarborough
Click2Houston.com

updated 4:17 a.m. PT, Wed., Feb. 25, 2009

HOUSTON – Law enforcement officers cracked down on underage prostitutes in 29 cities, including Houston, KPRC Local 2 reported.

“These are not prostitutes, these are child sex victims,” said Special Agent Patrick Fransen with the Houston FBI.

In the sting, undercover officers made more than 500 arrests nationwide.

“We go out and make as many arrests as we can,” said Fransen. “Then we look for the underage victims.”

In Houston, out of 45 arrests officials found that three of the suspected prostitutes were under the age of 18.

“This child is abused 10 to 15 times a night by various strangers and criminals,” said Fransen. Continue reading

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NM: Bones of 11th body found on mesa near Albuquerque

Feb 25, 7:29 PM (ET)

By MAGGIE SHEPARD

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Police said Wednesday that they have unearthed an 11th body from Albuquerque’s largest crime scene ever: a mesa west of the city where remains were discovered after the area was razed for a housing development.

Police also said they had made only their second victim identification so far: Michelle Valdez, who disappeared in 2005 and was pregnant when she died. Police count her fetus among the 11 victims.

Valdez, who was identified through dental records, and the other identified victim, Victoria Chavez, are included in a list of 16 women who went missing in Albuquerque between 2001 and 2006. The women all struggled with drug addiction, had a history of prostitution and led transient lives. Continue reading

Woman Arrested for Human Trafficking in Iceland

25.02.2009 | 12:23

A woman, who is suspected of human trafficking, having organized prostitution in Iceland and profited from it, was arrested at Keflavík International Airport last week and has been taken into custody until Friday.

She is also suspected of being involved in drug-related crimes both in Iceland and abroad. According to Morgunbladid, the woman, who is an Icelandic citizen, was arriving from the Netherlands when she was arrested. Continue reading