HOUSTON — A Cypress woman has been arrested after she allegedly tried to force a teenager into prostitution in southwest Houston.

Deputies said Shameka Young, 25, tried to force a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute on January 16. After the girl refused to do, Young allegedly left her in a shopping center in the 9800 block of Bissonnet. 

A day later, the teen was found by Precinct 5 deputies unharmed. The girl, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was released to her mother on the scene.

After interviewing the victim, her mother and other witnesses, Precinct 5 investigators identified Young and arrested her on January 30.

She has been charged with promotion of prostitution, a second degree felony. She is being held in the Harris County Jail on $50,000 bail.