FW police rescue girl, 14, forced into prostitution
FW police rescue girl, 14, forced into prostitution06:35 PM CST on Saturday, January 5, 2008
By DARLA MILES / WFAA-TV
WFAA-TV Lee is charged with the facilitation of aggravated kidnapping, engaging in organized criminal activity and prostitution.
FORT WORTH - Five men and one teenage girl - all were alone in a store that was already closed for the day. But after hours, Fort Worth police say the men were conducting illegal business inside - forced prostitution.
Police say this is a violent, organized crime ring that they caught red-handed. Late last night, they say they rescued a 14-year-old girl from a shopping center, who was being forced to have sex with a 56-year-old man.
This happened around 10 p.m. last night, at an independent cell phone distributor on the corner of Glen Garden and Mississippi Avenue in Fort Worth. Investigators spent almost four hours securing the crime scene. They say the store's owner, 56-year-old Chang Lee, paid to have sex with the young girl.
Lee is now charged with the facilitation of aggravated kidnapping, engaging in organized criminal activity and prostitution. But police say Lee is a regular client of the four men accused of running this human trafficking operation.
Diego Rodriguez, 19, is charged with two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity, one count of aggravated kidnapping, and one count of trafficking of a person. Martin Reyes, 17, is charged with the trafficking of a person under the age of 14, and compelling prostitution.
Police say the two other men who were arrested for forcing this teen into prostitution are teenagers themselves. Their names are not being released. This investigation is being overseen by the anti-human trafficking unit of the Fort Worth Police Department.