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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Harris County Attorney and City of Houston Join in Lawsuit
Against Adult Entertainment Club
The State of Texas and the City of Houston today filed suit to have the Treasurers club declared a public nuisance and shut down.
The suit alleges that the owners, management and employees of the club, located at 5647 Westheimer, knowingly tolerate the human trafficking of young women for the purpose of prostitution and allow drug activity and other organized crime. The suit further alleges that the club receives financial benefit from its participation in the prostitution venture.
“The Houston Police Department has made numerous arrests for prostitution and drugs,”
said Houston City Attorney David Feldman. “However, the evidence of human trafficking makes this place especially abhorrent. Law enforcement efforts alone have not stopped the habitual criminal activity occurring there.”
County Attorney Vince Ryan said, “Law enforcement officers tell us that just arresting the criminals doesn’t solve the problem. When a place allows criminal acts to continue, criminals keep coming back. You must take away the habitat to fix the problem.”
Within the past year, more than five gang-related activities, including prostitution and delivery of controlled substances, have occurred at Treasurers. More than 30 crimes have occurred over the last four years. The lawsuit alleges this is evidence that Treasurers knowingly permits these acts.
Under state law, a person who knowingly tolerates criminal activity and fails to make reasonable attempts to abate the activity is a nuisance.
The State of Texas and City of Houston seek a permanent injunction to stop Treasures’ unlawful nuisance activities.
The Original Petition can be viewed at
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