KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 3, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Investigators with Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office announced they arrested a man at his home in the Cinco Ranch South Lake subdivision. He was accused of running a complex human trafficking operation. Authorities revealed there were more than three known victims, and probably more.
Katy Human Trafficker Caught
Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson addressed the investigation in a press conference yesterday including announcing the arrest of Naazir Jackson.
“On November 10, 2020 a search warrant was executed for a residence in the Cinco Ranch South Lake subdivision in Fort Bend County. That is unincorporated Katy,” says Constable Thompson. “This was a culmination of nearly a year-long investigation into an alleged human trafficking operation by occupants of that residence.”
He described the operation working as a headquarters for a complex human trafficking operation in the Katy area.
Authorities believe victims were recruited and trafficked using various online apps and social media. Online apps were used for payment.
Since the investigation is ongoing, few details could be shared but Constable Thompson. However, he confirmed there were more than three known victims and anticipates more will be discovered.
Jackson, of Cinco Ranch, is charged with two felonies - compelling prostitution and promotion of prostitution. He is being held on a $50,000 and $35,000 bond.
Childproof American Addresses Recent Arrest, Katy Sex Trafficking Concerns
“It is incredibly difficult for me to see these continued stings on human trafficking right in our own neighborhoods,” says Kelly Litvak, Executive Director of Childproof America. “There are so many good organizations and agencies that are sounding the alarms on this issue, yet this crime continues to thrive right under our noses.”
Litvak believes that Fort Bend County and the Katy area is seeing this kind of criminal activity because the community and its residents remain in denial, which gives traffickers the opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting local youth.
“I understand the denial mindset,” says Litvak, whose daughter Courtney was a victim. “It is a way for parents and caregivers to emotionally dismiss the reality of grown men purchasing girls and women for sex.”
She says that families do not believe that this is happening in our culture today and couldn’t possibly happen to their own families.
“Traffickers are setting up shop right in your own community, schools and churches. This doesn't mean Katy is a bad place,” she stresses. “It means that the public must become informed and adopt a filter of identifying these activities so the bad guys (and girls) take their business elsewhere. For now, every family is at risk.”
Childproof America is a Katy-based non-profit organization aimed at educating the public and families about the dangers of sex trafficking. They also mentor families and victims. The organization was founded by Kelly Litvak when she saw how little help there was for families going through this horrific ordeal. Her daughter Courtney, a sex trafficking survivor, was recently named by President Trump as the Childproof America Ambassador to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
“The COVID pandemic has not slowed this crime,” says Litvak. “In fact, it has increased due to many agencies re-directing manpower to the riots and the pandemic. Only violent crimes have taken priority as other non-violent crimes have been issued delayed warrants. Traffickers are going online in record numbers, trolling sites for youth on popular apps like SnapChat and Instagram.”
Litvak believes that education is the best defense against these crimes. Learn more about human and sex trafficking and the signs to look for from Childproof America.