Mayor Parker announces new agreement to fight human trafficking

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HOUSTON – No one stops traffic like the Biebs! Well, no one did…until this week.

The City of Houston and the Houston Police Department are taking steps to hold up traffic, but not the kind on our streets. They’re putting up a red light for human trafficking in topless clubs.

“Today’s announcement allows the city and 16 area topless clubs to enter a novel settlement agreement aimed at addressing this crime,” said Mayor Annise Parker.

And, the 16 sexually oriented businesses have certain rules to follow, like getting rid of private rooms, not hiring women with ‘pimps,’ conducting background checks, and putting on human trafficking awareness campaigns. They`re also donating money to fund a new unit within HPD.

“This will allow us now to get a better handle, better enforcement, and certainly respond to this new modern slavery in our community,” said Houston Chief of Police, Charles McClelland, Jr.

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