Forty eight men tried to buy sex, not realizing the women they had approached along the street were undercover HCSO deputies.
Nine women tried to sell their bodies, not realizing the men they had approached along the street were undercover HCSO deputies, too.
All were arrested and charged with prostitution in the last eight days in the latest HCSO sting operation against prostitution.
Four other people encountered in the operation were arrested on charges ranging from drug possession to driving without a license.
One of the men arrested for soliticing sex in exchange for money was on parole for aggravated sexual assault. He tried to escape by car and was captured after a brief chase.
The Precinct 3 and 4 constable’s offices joined the operation. One of the solicitation charges was brought against a Precinct 4 deputy, as previously announced by that agency. That officer, who was not part of the sting operation, was wearing his uniform trousers when he was handcuffed and sent to jail.
Names and some of the mugshots of the 61 were not available today. They are planned for release Monday.
The streetside operation took place near I-45 and FM 1960, Aldine Bender Road and U.S. 59 and I-10 at Freeport.
The stings were conducted as part of a national effort to fight prostitution in the days leading up to the Super Bowlon Sunday, which is among huge gatherings that often attract the illegal industry.
“News flash to those who think prostitution is a victimless crime: It’s a greedy industry that thrives on forced labor, drug addiction and sometimes even illegal imprisonment,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. “Many of the reformed prostitutes who came through the Harris County Jail tell us that working the streets led them to using illegal drugs; others tell us they used illegal drugs and turned to prostitution to finance their illicit addictions.
“So stopping prostitution stops other crimes and emancipates victims. It also fights back against sex slavery and other forms of