A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Milam and Robertson counties until 5:15pm. A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for Milam and Robertson Counties until 6pm. and Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Lee, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties. until 10pm. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Milam, Robertson, Leon Counties until 9pm Monday, for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery,San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties until 12am Tuesday, and for Lee county until 1am Tuesday. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in effect for Lee county until 6:15pm, and Milam and Robertson counties until 7:30pm. An additional widespread 1" to 3" rain accumulations are possible through the evening, with locally higher amounts possible.
HOUSTON- Authorities say they've shut down a sex-trafficking operation in Houston that made at least $12.6 million over more than a decade by using violence to force underage girls and women who are living in the U.S. illegally into prostitution.
Federal, state and local officials have arrested 13 of 14 people who were indicted for their alleged roles in the operation. The 13 who were arrested were set to make their initial appearances in federal court Friday afternoon. The 14th person remains a fugitive.
The arrests took place 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 being forced to work as prostitutes.
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