Sex Work

'Biggest Sex Trafficking Bust Ever For McLennan County' Texas Mostly Snared Adult Sex Workers

"Putting criminals in jail is our favorite pastime," says Texas sheriff.

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The headline from a South Texas ABC affiliate KIII-TV: "56 Arrests, More To Come In Biggest Sex Trafficking Bust Ever For McLennan County Sheriff's Office" (MCSO).  

The details: "Most were adult women, 18-50," who were working as sex workers and arrested for prostitution, or people seeking to pay for sex. McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies, some working undercover, were assisted by an anti-sex-trafficking organization and the Department of Homeland Security. The sheriff's office brought 89 charges so far and seized $4,500 from those arrested. 

Yes, the federal agency tasked with national security, people claiming to help those forced into prostitution, and undercover detectives teamed up to arrest a bunch of adult women for getting paid to have sex and take their money.

I don't even know what to say anymore at this point. But there you have it: one more example of our efforts against "modern slavery" at work. 

"If we can save an individual, that's part of our goal, not just to throw people in jail," McLennan Sheriff Parnell McNamara said at a press conference. "However, make no mistake, putting criminals in jail is our favorite pastime." 

This was the MCSO's fifth prostitution sting operation in the past year-and-a-half, according to KIII-TV. "The first sting had 20 arrests, the second had 29, the third had 44, the fourth had 49, and the fifth will have 61 once all five people with outstanding warrants are caught." 

While claiming that the women arrested were forced into prostitution, MCSO also put their mugshots up in a Facebook album. 

"Detectives posed as both prostitutes and 'Johns' throughout the investigation," explains the sheriff's office Facebook page. "As a result of this operation detectives created 62 cases, resulting in 61 arrests, and a total of 89 charges. They have identified 5 cases which will be worked in conjunction with Homeland Security for possible federal prosecution. They were able to locate and arrest or issue warrants for 11 individuals who assist in the management of prostitution, commonly referred to as pimps. As a result of the investigation approximately $4,500 in U.S. Currency was seized, along with quantities of illegal narcotics. Over the last 19 months these detectives have initiated a total of 200 cases, showing this community that this form of modern day slavery is in our back yard."

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  1. How many times did the officers rape engage in sexual activities with the sex traffickers sex workers sex traffickers in order to gather evidence?

  2. Ok, here’s an idea for a Mother Jones / Frontline style investigative report. Gather all of the statements officials are making about “modern day slavery” and “forced into prostitution”, etc.

    Then go out and contact every one of the 61 people targeted in this sting. Get interviews about their sex work, any coercion involved, their perceptions of force, the money that was seized, etc.

    In addition to loads of “I’m just trying to earn a living” stories, you’ll probably find a couple of heart-rending stories of single moms who had $350 taken from them that they really needed to take care of their 2 little kids. Out of 40 women working in the sex trade, there has to be a couple of great human interest stories. It would make a great juxtaposition for a video documentary – the Sheriff or FBI spokesman bragging about how they have “saved these women” and then smash-cut to the woman in a trailer home talking about how they took her kids and how she’s having to fight for her family, but she can’t afford a lawyer.

    It kinda writes itself. Back and forth between anti-prostitution zealot and poor single mom who had no problem with her choices and lost everything.

    1. How would that advance the sex work=slavery narrative?

    2. They have no interest. Mother Jones and PBS hew to the line that a more robust welfare state would make it so that no woman would have to engage in sex work to make a living.

      All sex work is trafficking because capitalism.

      1. Hookers are literally raping feminists. All vaginas are one.

      2. Hookers are literally raping feminists. All vaginas are one.

        1. Must be a yuuuge vagina!

          How else do you explain the echo?

      3. But wouldn’t those hewing to such a line be even more interested, because those who were busted would become ineligible for welfare?

    3. Heck, with that many “stung”, there’s probably a fair # who didn’t even do it, which would also be an interesting story.

  3. McLennan County? Those women should be thanking their lucky charms they weren’t Waco’d.

  4. “Putting criminals in jail is our favorite pastime,” says Texas sheriff.”

    Well, doesn’t that just say it all?

    How can anyone trust a sheriff who enjoys putting criminals in jail?

    It’s like having a gardener who enjoys gardening. When will the insanity end?

    1. If he’s run out of real criminals, he has to invent more, just as a gardener plants more flowers, a zealous sheriff will entrap people.

      1. Hey, stop digging up the driveway!

  5. From the link:

    “It’s our understanding that some of these pimps are afraid to come into McLennan County, and rightfully so, so they stay in Dallas and they send the girls down here,” said McNamara. “So when we find the young ladies here, if we can make a connection to a Dallas or Houston pimp, then we do, and we reach out and we go get them.”

    MCSO has two deputies who are “federally certified,” meaning they can make arrests outside of McLennan County.

    Federally certified?

    1. His deputies, some who were undercover, have been working with the Department of Homeland Security, and an organization called UnBound which helps sex trafficking victims.

      Nine of the women arrested were turned over to UnBound to try to get them a fresh start.

      “If we can save an individual, that’s part of our goal, not just to throw people in jail. However, make no mistake, putting criminals in jail is our favorite pastime,” said McNamara.

      Why were those nine special enough to get forced into Jesusy brainwashing school?

      1. They cooperated.

        1. This is my worry. The “sex trafficking” canard seems like little more than a lever police and prosecutors will use to flip suspects. So the girl who’s caught up in a sting is persuaded to turn on her associates, and enjoys a newfound status as a victim when in fact she was a willing accomplice. Meanwhile it muddies the water with regard to actual incidents of coercion.

          1. “Go to jail, or say you were trafficked against your will and we will send you to Jesus camp.”

          2. Yeah, I’m wondering about that. The article was heavy on statements like “this form of modern slavery” and “trafficked women”, but I missed any actual cases of “trafficking”, at least as I would define it.

            Meaning, I, and presumably most Americans, would define “trafficking” as “women who are forced into prostitution entirely against their will – usually far away from their home or family. ” You know, like “drug trafficking” is the transport of drugs, especially across national borders. So most people hear trafficking and think of something like Asian women who tried to emigrate to America and had their passports taken by the people who brought them here and instead of getting the housekeeping or garment sewing job they thought they were getting, they get forced to work in a brothel.

            But I didn’t hear anything about “these women were being held against their will”, etc. And the facebook page looks like a bunch of locals. Does this word actually mean anything at all? They certainly seem to intend for it to connote a kidnapping, transport to a foreign land and forced prostitution scenario. But they use it for routine prostitution – even when there is no pimp involved.

            1. It’s a wholly unnecessary distinction, as far as I can tell. I’ve yet to see a credible argument in their favor. We have laws against abduction, imprisonment, extortion, conspiracy, drugging, rape, etc., every one a particular offense which must be proved on the basis of a well-understood meaning for each. Sex trafficking seems like an effort to generalize the notion into a nebulous, and largely arbitrary, spectrum of behaviors, none of which in particular is necessarily illegal but for the act of prostitution. So driving a woman to meet her john can be construed as sex trafficking.

              1. Similar to how ‘racist’ has come to mean any sentiment that doesn’t coddle minority groups or is against government providing free shit.

            2. Slave off, fucker!

    2. It’s our understanding that some of these pimps are afraid to come into McLennan County,

      Given the slavering hatred that the local sheriff has for them, is it any wonder?

  6. I say we should arm these victims of sex trafficking, so that they can shoot to kill any person who wants to kidnap them, such as people whose job it is to put them in cages.

  7. The sheriff’s office brought 89 charges so far and seized $4,500 from those arrested.

    On average, these people had fifty bucks on them. In a cash business.

    I’ll let y’all draw your own conclusions.

    1. We should wonder what happened to the other $25,000 or so they seized?

    2. 61 arrests = just over $73. Point still stands, but I’m getting a refill on the coffee.

  8. Over the last 19 months these detectives have initiated a total of 200 cases, showing this community that this form of modern day slavery is in our back yard.

    Ok, wait just a sec here. There was actually someone who thought that prostitution didn’t exist in their community? Really?

    Nah, I’m not buying that. At least not if you are over the age of 25. Surely folks have enough sense to know that if there is a market for a service, someone will fill it.

    1. Silly Cyto, there are people who think an activity will stop just by writing words on a piece of paper.

      1. Yes, and steep fines and a little jail time, plus being publicly shamed, will sort those girls right out. Drug problems? Financial woes? A preference for working from home? Your local cops have just the thing.

  9. “Putting criminals in jail is our favorite pastime,” says Texas sheriffwalking cliche (pictured).

  10. Not that it means anything, but I chatted with a law student I used to work with about sex trafficking. They guy is a pretty rock-ribbed, pro-cop L&O type, and without prompting he wrote off sex trafficking laws as prosecutorial overcharging. So maybe there’s some hope law.

    1. “Hope law”, punning on hoopla?

  11. McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies, some working undercover…

    Whenever I read about undercover prostitution, err, excuse me, “human trafficking” stings, I can’t help but think of this.

    As a result of the investigation approximately $4,500 in U.S. Currency was seized

    And here wee see the real reason for all of this. Although I doubt $4500 is enough to break even. That just means they’ll have to keep going until the turn a profit. Or not, who gives a hit, it’s just taxpayer money.

  12. “Detectives posed as both prostitutes and ‘Johns’ throughout the investigation,”

    That could’ve been interesting (embarrassing)!

  13. So the cops kidnapped a bunch of women, locked them in cages, and took their money? Next time they want to find sex slavers, maybe they should just look in a mirror.

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