New Task Force:
Coalition Against Human Trafficking in Texas:
8/6/2007 6:04 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
Austin police have arrested two men in connection with a local prostitution and human trafficking ring.
Gustavo Luna and Javier Torres-Cruz have been charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution.
They're accused of forcing female immigrants to serve as prostitutes as payment for getting into the United States.
APD says it's a vicious cycle that never seems to end.
"What happens is what you're brought here for and the kind of work you're forced into almost becomes a way of life. And becomes like the Stockholm syndrome where you feel you become indebted to and comfortable with the person who is holding you against your will," Duane McNeil of APD said.
Investigators say the ring is operated through business cards that are passed out to prospective clients in the area.
Bail for Luna and Torres-Cruz has been set at $100,000 each.