sex-trafficking

HOUSTON, Texas — A 15-year-old girl, reported missing last month, was rescued in a child sex trafficking and prostitution investigation in Houston, Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap announced earlier this week.

Members of Precinct 5 Constable's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety's Human Trafficking Unit arrested 31-year-old Jerreck Hillard at his apartment in the 7300 block of Ardmore Street in south Houston. Hillard was charged compelling prostitution of a person under the age of 18 and trafficking of a child, prohibited conduct, which includes a number of sex-related offenses under the Texas Penal Code.

At the time of his arrest, police rescued the 15-year-old girl from his apartment. The girl had been reported missing in April, is in good condition, and was returned home.

Hillard was out on bond on three other felony charges at the time of his arrest, according to Heap.

“Child sex trafficking is a despicable crime,” state Heap. “Thanks to the hard work of our Major Offenders Division and the DPS, we were able to get this teenage victim out of harm’s way and back home.”

During the arrest of Hillard, police discovered more than 350 grams of MDMA Ecstasy in the apartment and arrested Hillard's roommate, 35-year-old Korey Alan Burton, on charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

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