HOUSTON - Business owners are fed up with who they call “aggressive prostitutes” attacking and threatening people along Bissonnet near the Southwest Freeway. Victims want police to do more.
Along Bissonnet near U.S. 59, people working see women waving down cars, leaning into windows and hopping in vehicles with strangers every day, they said.
“I had a hooker bang on my window trying to proposition me when I had my 13-year-old boy in the car,” said a business owner who did not want to be identified.
KHOU 11 News also met others who claim they were threatened by aggressive prostitutes. One man recorded cell phone video of a confrontation in which he was stunned by a taser.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a customer come in here and say hey you’ve got a used condom outside where I got out of my car,” a business owner said.
He and co-workers said they filed two police reports and call HPD often about what goes on in their parking lot.
“It’s illegal to sell yourself in the sex trade,” the business owner said. “But you call the police, they come up. They park on the stree. They talk to the hookers. The hookers come and gather around the officer’s window. They stand there and talk for about 15 or 20 minutes. Then he drives off and they are back out selling their services again. We have females that work here they’re afraid. They shouldn’t have to be afraid to come here to work.”
Workers in the area showed us countless surveillance clips of traffic around the industrial area stopping day and night.
None of it shocks Houston Police or its 60 vice officers. Bissonnet is known nationally as a prostitution hot spot, police said. However, they plan to unveil a new long-term approach to the problem early next year. They will need help from businesses, especially nearby motels where officers claim some managers turn a blind eye to prostitution.
Two months ago when speaking about a prostitution he ordered that put one of his own officers in handcuffs, Chief Art Acevedo told reporters many of the women involved in sex trade are forced and he hoped public exposure of “Johns” would discourage sales.
Neighbors along Bissonnet hope the next sting happens in their area.
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