youreunderarrest.jpg

Convicted Sexual Slave Trafficers Deserve The Harshest Punishments Available

For years, Gerardo Salazar played the Romeo in dusty Mexican villages, trolling town squares and schoolyards for women and girls he could seduce with declarations of love and, ultimately, sell in seedy Houston cantinas.

Salazar, who called himself El Gallo – the Rooster – could have been arrested three years ago after a federal indictment named him leader of an international human trafficking ring. Instead, he escaped to Mexico, where his hometown is a notorious center for kidnapping.

But the cantina sex trade Salazar helped build in Houston continues to flourish.

Despite enforcement efforts, human traffickers and prostitution operators have constructed resilient and lucrative networks of organized crime that have a franchise-like ability to persist and prosper, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found.

Two associates of Salazar’s, bar owners who escaped prosecution in 2005, were arrested only recently after police rescued a teenager allegedly held captive and sold as their sex slave…

Houston’s sex-for-hire scenario has played out for years in dimly lit bars, some specifically constructed to conceal sexual slavery with secret doors, hidden gates and camouflaged brothels, records show.

The Maria Bonita

One of Salazar’s favorite haunts was the Maria Bonita.

Since 2004, the lavender-colored bar with its backyard concealed behind a high fence in the 7900 block of industrial Clinton Drive has repeatedly been targeted for prostitution, underage drinking and human trafficking.

Even today, the bar is open for business.

Though investigators tried to shut it down in 2005, women refused to testify against its owner, David Salazar, a U.S. citizen, or his mother, Gregoria Salgado Vazquez, an illegal immigrant and convicted prostitute known as “Doña Blanca.”

Both operated the bar, liquor license records show, which was used for human trafficking by fugitive Gerardo Salazar.

The pair was arrested earlier this year after a teenage girl called 911 on a borrowed cell phone.

The girl told police she had been held captive in a house but never knew the address.

The story she told – of being romanced in Mexico, betrayed and then sold in a Houston bar – was strikingly similar to the statements of Gerardo Salazar’s victims three years earlier.

Suspected family ties and other possible links between David Salazar, his mother, fugitive Gerardo Salazar and organized crime groups in Mexico remain under investigation.

Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala has filed papers to seize and sell the suspects’ home in Jacinto City.

Their old place, the Maria Bonita, remains open – under new ownership

LINK

0