The sex trade network was shut down January 20 in Frisco after 42 men were arrested at two hotels. The operation also coincided with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) blue campaign for Trafficking Awareness Month.
A high school football coach, a youth pastor and a hospital operations director were just some of those arrested in an interagency operation against commercial sex demand in North Texas, according to the HSI statement. The names of the suspects have not been released.
“We had a volunteer firefighter, director of operations for one of the major medical systems here in the metroplex, we also had a semi-professional hockey player who also plays on Allen’s team,” John Perez of Homeland Security Investigations told CBSDFW. .
According to the HSI statement, sex trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to perform a commercial act in exchange for something of value, or if the person doing the commercial sex is under 18 years of age.
“The harm caused by sex trafficking in our society cannot be overestimated. The Frisco Police Department is grateful to law enforcement partners, such as the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, for their help in addressing this critical issue,” said David Shilson, Police Chief of the Frisco Police Department. “We are united in holding accountable those who exploit vulnerable members of our community.”
Law enforcement agencies involved in the operation included the Arlington Police Department, Colleyville Police Department, Collin County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas County District Attorney’s Investigators, Flower Mound Police Department, police Frisco. Irving Police Department, Midlothian Police Department and Tarrant County Human Trafficking Task Force.
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Anyone who is or knows a potential victim in this or any other case of sex trafficking or human trafficking, or who has any information regarding this or any other investigation, should contact the National Security Investigations Division toll-free for Call 1-866-DHS-2423 for help. .