HOUSTON, Texas — Deputies with Harris County
Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman's Office rescued five human trafficking
victims, four of which were juveniles, after receiving a tip to their
Human Trafficking Tip Line last week.
On May 1, 2020, working the
tip, deputies responded to the Super 8, Express Inn, and the Frontier
Inn, all three located in the 16200 block of North Freeway, just outside
of the northern city limits of Houston, Texas.
There, deputies located five human trafficking victims — four of which were juveniles and two of which were long-time runaways.
arrested Steven McGrough and charged him with compelling prostitution
of a person under the age of 18 and trafficking of a child, prohibited
conduct, in connection with the investigation.
McGrough was located at the Express Inn with one of the juvenile victims.
Investigators seized multiple cell phones at the scene for evidence.
All of the victims were released safely to their guardians, according to the constable's office.
"Further investigation continues to identify any additional suspects involved," read a statement from Herman's office.