Big Prostitution Ring Busted In Houston

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Four years ago, Ronnie Presley jammed a gun in the face of a teen-aged girl walking down the street in Kansas, pulled her into his car and drove her to Houston. There, he forced her to have sex for money. Every dime she earned went into Presley's pocket. As time went by, Presley threatened to hurt the girl's family if she ever told on him, he abused and beat the girl, and then tried to sell her to another pimp.

For that teen-aged girl, the nightmare is finally over. At least according to the Houston U.S. Attorney's Office.

Earlier today, Houston's U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced that Presley and his troupe of five other sex-slavers have been charged with a hefty load of federal crimes, including sex trafficking of children, sex trafficking by force and the transportation and coercion of minors.

The five men and one woman team are "charged with in effect turning four 16-year-olds into indentured sex slaves," Johnson said. "The children worked in deplorable conditions, their earnings were taken from them and they were kept from ever leaving."

The details are grim.

The group is accused of running girls, both children and adults, in to Houston from other states, including Florida, Kansas, Arizona and Nevada, and then making them prostitute themselves in one of three business fronts here owned and operated by the gang. The businesses, Taboo Modeling Studio North off the North Freeway, Total Pleasures off of the Gulf Freeway, and Paris of Katy in Katy, appeared to be operating as modeling studios, health spas and massage parlors, authorities say. The group advertised these businesses all over the Web and in local papers. In one instance, an ad for a minor read, "just turned 18 and ready," authorities say.

The defendants are John "Big John" Butler, 47, William "Pookie" Hornbeak, 34, Jamine "Fresh" Lake, 27, Kristen "Princess" Land, 28, Andre "Dre" McDaniels, 39, and Ronnie "Pimpin'" Presley, 35.

Among the victims is Jessica Ford, who worked out of Total Pleasures and a brothel in Nevada, according to the indictment. Butler is accused of flying Ford back and forth between the two to work as a prostitute. Three other minors, ages 16 and 17, are mentioned in the indictment. One was allegedly sold to a different pimp, all three were allegedly beaten routinely. None of the victims were foreigners and Johnson said today that he does not know the condition of the women and girls.

"It's disturbing that events of this nature occur," Johnson said, "but it's especially disturbing when it happens in your own backyard."

This particular investigation, dubbed "Operation Total Exposure," began in May 2005. Since then, said Houston's FBI Special Agent in Charge, Richard Powers, a joint operation including HPD and the FBI has rescued 40 women victims from sex slavery, 30 of them in the last year. The feds are calling this case "the largest domestic human sex trafficking case in Houston." When asked why, Johnson said it was because "It's not often that you have four children in one investigation."

All of the defendants were arrested in Houston on Monday and today. All but Presley, who is living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Police there had him cornered earlier today, Johnson said, but Presley managed to escape. He is still at large and a wanted man.

"Presley was fast," Johnson said. "He might have challenged Usain Bolt."

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escorts Paris

This one is looking one of the informative post. And this one is really new for me. It's really a one of the tragic story. Thanks for the sharing and informing.

tommy  patat
tommy patat

iv got a better idea  just shoot the pimps  an thear payed off scumbags thats covering up for them. at one time this stuff was ctuealy legal !      sheesh what a concept.  not all women are whores  or even simpely      becaus  many of them choose a free.erlife style 

steve
steve

The girls involved should be immune from prosecution, so they're not afraid to come forward. The pimps should get more severe penalties than they're getting now to scare them. Also, there should be anonymous hotlines you can call and report the pimps and trafficking. A large reward for callers who give info. leading to arrests would also help.

notforsale
notforsale

This is modern-day slavery. It happens everyday in the Houston streets. Traffickers prey on vulneralbe runaways and American teens. They are manipulated into a lifestyle of sexual exploitation.

They use local media to broadcast the buying and selling of teens. Most of us have seen these seedy advertisements in local newspapers and magazines. For example, the Houston Press is notorious for displaying explicit ads for brothels (massage parlors, spas, and sex clubs) that market the sex trafficking industry of "just turned 18 and ready" in their back pages.

Contact the Houston Press, hold them accountable for their irresponsiblity and negligence for advertising for brothels. Take action on behalf of young American teens who are trapped in slavery-brothels. everyday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Andre is a great man and any individual speaking upon him must know him.. Sincerely, Alyssa... You are in my thoughts and prayers... Love you always and forever..

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KASHLEY
KASHLEY

I CANT'T BELIEVE THE LIES IN THIS ARTICLE ....... AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU TAKE IT FROM PEOPLE WHO KNOW THESE MEN NOT FROM YOUNG STUPID BITCHES THAT WERE HATING FOR SOME REASON OR ANOTHER................ THESE MEN HAVE FAMILIES IN WHICH THEY LOVE AND PROVIDE FOR THEY WOULD NOT WANT TO C THEIR DAUGHTERS IN THIS TYPE OF SITUATION LET ALONE PUT SUM1 ELSES DAUGHTERS IN ANY SITUATION THE GIRL THEMSELVES DID NOT WANT TO BE IN. IF ANY UNDERAGE GIRLS WERE INVOLVED ITS BECAUSE THEY LIED ABOUT THEIR AGE SO Y R THEY NOT BEING PUNISHED?TO ALL AND ANY FAGGOT BITCHES THAT MADE ANYKIND OF STATEMENT AGAINST THESE MEN TO THE POLICE/FBI WATCH URSELF PAYBACK IS A BITCH

Survivor#1
Survivor#1

What are you supposed to say?  Yes they are pimp scum and they rape, beat and force women and children to have sex with strangers everyday because of their greed. No, as family, you say what you have to, but I can say it...they are scum sucking greedy social paths who use children like cattle and women like trash. It was never these children's choice to get raped 10-25 times a day, by strangers, no protection sexually or physically for that matter, and then give their money to a piece of crap, that beats them for kicks....I know the some of their victims! Peddle your shit some where else. No body is stupid enough to believe it anyway! I am sorry for you!

tommy patat
tommy patat

take the time too stop an think about what   you just said . an the anwser is YES many of these.s young bitches as you jut calld them ARE lured  an draged  into this dangerus typ of manepultion an murdsrd  for  simpely refusing  to be a whore  i should know  two girls  wher draged to pasadena tx one ws shot in the  head n the other ones throt was cut   for simpely refusing tobe  awhore .  fromYOU  BITCH watch YOURstep 

KASHLEY
KASHLEY

PIMPIN AKA RONNIE PRESLEY IS THE BROTHER TO MY EX AND I HAVE SPENT LOTS OF TIME WITH HIM AND FRESH... THESE ARE ALL FUCKING LIES THE FBI NEEDS TO GROW UP BECAUSE THEIR IMAGINATIONS ARE OVERPOWERING THEIR MINDS,.... PIMPIN NOR FRESH WOULD EVER DO ANY SUCH THING ANY BITCHES THAT LIED AND SAID THAT THEY HAD BETTER KNOW NOW THEY GOT THEIRS COMIN BE PREPARED HOES U AREN'T SAFE ANYWHERE

ANDREA
ANDREA

FRESH IS MY UNCLE AND SO IS POOKIE AND ANDRE IS MY STEP DAD AND IVE BEEN AROUND THEM EVERYDAY AND THEY WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT .itS SAD THE fbi HAS TO LIE TO GET WHAT THEY WANT "THEY ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY,AND THEY ARENT GUILTY"

ANDREA
ANDREA

FRESH IS MY UNCLE AND SO IS POOKIE AND ANDRE IS MY STEP DAD AND IVE BEEN AROUND THEM EVERYDAY AND THEY WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT .itS SAD THE fbi HAS TO LIE TO GET WHAT THEY WANT "THEY ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY,AND THEY ARENT GUILTY"

Dennis
Dennis

If Prostitution was legal, taxed and regulated these type of stories would be rare not the norm!

Are the persons being charged with human trafficking and being treated as heroes in the joint or are they being charged with child rape so they will be treated like the rat filth they are?

the truth
the truth

its all lies inocent till proven guitly

Rick
Rick

Tragic story... great reporting

Martin
Martin

Keep it up. You guys put a face on the press release stories and keep it interesting.

Michael Jackson's Doctor
Michael Jackson's Doctor

Please let me know if Big John, Pookie, Fresh, Princess, Dre or Pimpin need any medical attention.

Amber
Amber

This is such a shame. Great reporting.

holly
holly

tragic. but really well written story. thanks Press.

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