HOUSTON (AP) - A cantina sex trade continues to flourish in
Houston. That's despite efforts by police and prosecutors to shut
it down and an indictment of one of its leaders.
The Houston Chronicle reports that human traffickers and
prostitution operators remain in business in dimly lit cantinas
with secret doors and hidden gates. A Chronicle investigation says
they result from resilient and lucrative organized crime networks.
Court documents and interviews with authorities reveal that the
cantinas have persisted with a franchise-like ability to persist
and prosper. The sex trade continues despite the indictment of
Gerardo Salazar, an alleged organizer who called himself "The
Authorities say Salazar ran his operation until he fled to
Mexico after being indicted in 2005 by a federal grand jury as a
leader of an international human trafficking ring. Two Salazar
associates face felony charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual
assault of a child in Harris County.