If owners of massage parlors didn’t know Harris County investigators were serious they do now.
More than a half dozen women were arrested in Operation Red Light conducted by the Harris County Sheriff’s office.
The women are accused of violating the county’s sexually oriented business rules.
From Sheriff’s Office:
On the evening of February 20, 2013, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office conducted “Operation Red Light” with the assistance of various law enforcement agencies including; Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office, US Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO).
The operation targeted eight massage parlors in various locations around the County as follow up to the recently adopted Harris County Sexually Oriented Business Ordinances, and complaints by citizens of these businesses.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested 16 employees of these establishments. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office (DA) accepted over 24 charges on them. The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) designated 48 fire code violations from locations targeted in the compliance checks.
The Harris County Attorney’s Office (CAO) will be filing nuisance abatement violations against six of the locations.
“Our crime-fighting deputies will continue to bust SOBs for prostitution, illegal drugs, illegal gun possession, unlicensed serving of alcohol and other crimes, just we like we have done before,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia has said. “But the county regulations will, among other things, allow us to work with the County Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and the constables to prevent some of these unwanted businesses from opening in the first place.”
SOBs will have to obtain licenses to operate legally, and a fire marshal’s inspection is one of the requirements of licensure. Information on the criminal backgrounds of any operators will also be required. The regulations provide for notice to, and input from, residents before any SOB can open. The new regulations can be viewed online at http://www.harriscountytx.gov/coatty/countyregulations.aspx
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