HOUSTON (October 11, 2013)--Authorities say they've shut down a sex-trafficking operation in Houston that made at least $12.6 million over the course of more than a decade by using violence to force underage girls and women living in the U.S. illegally into prostitution.
Federal, state and local officials arrested 13 of 14 people who were indicted in connection with the operation.
The 13 who were arrested were scheduled to make initial appearances in federal court Friday afternoon.
The 14th person remained at large Friday.
The arrests were made Thursday night in a coordinated sweep of almost a dozen locations, including several bars.
According to a federal indictment unsealed Friday, the victims were often punched and kicked and locked in rooms while they were forced to work as prostitutes.