HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has indicted a 31-year-old
Missouri City man for allegedly trafficking a 12-year old girl, announced
Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Eddie Larue is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate
Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo at 10:00 a.m. today.
According to the indictment returned last week, Larue
allegedly recruited a 12-year old girl to engage in commercial sex acts for
money along the 1.3 mile stretch of Bissonnet St., commonly referred to as “The
Track.” Larue also allegedly used force and threats of force to compel his
victim into prostitution and took all of the money she
If convicted, Larue faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years
and up to life in federal prison as well as a $250,000 fine, if convicted.
The Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA) conducted the
investigation. HTRA law enforcement includes members of the FBI, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Houston Police
Department, sheriff’s offices in Harris and Montgomery counties, Texas
Alcoholic and Beverage Commission, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Department
of State, Department of Labor, IRS and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Established in 2004, the United States Attorney’s office in
Houston formed the HTRA to combine resources with federal, state and local
enforcement agencies and prosecutors, as well as non-governmental service
organizations to target human traffickers while providing necessary services to
those that the traffickers victimized. Since its inception, HTRA has been
recognized as a national model in identifying and assisting victims of human
trafficking and prosecuting those engaged in trafficking offenses.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sebastian Edwards and Sharad Khandelwal
are prosecuting this case.