Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson hosted a press conference Friday to discuss the arrest of 64 people in Fort Bend County for human trafficking. Among those arrested was an active duty law enforcement officer.
The conference was held at the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office and featured a presentation from Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton and Precinct 3 Constable Wayne K. Thompson.
The arrests marked the end of “Operation Freedom,” a three-week investigation into human trafficking in Precinct 3.
Charges filed over the course of the operation include promotion of prostitution, compelling prostitution, various narcotics charges, evading, fraud, forgery and failure to identify.
The operation resulted in the successful rescue of five adults and two juveniles from sex trafficking.
The investigation was conducted by the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance. The HTRA is a regional, inter-agency task force that includes officers and agents from various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and social service organizations.
Among the organizations involved in HTRA are: the FBI, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the IRS, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the YMCA and the Coast Guard.
“Human trafficking has turned into the most prolific criminal enterprise in the world, now on par, and projected to pass gunrunning and the drug trade,” according to a written statement from Thompson.
“Even today, with a rapid ascension in cases, a denial persists in suburban society that this horrific crime has infected America.”