Four gang members are accused of pimping out young runaways in the Houston, Texas, area and have now been charged with human trafficking, prosecutors said.
Clarence Chambers, 29, Javon Opoku, 20, Damarquis McGee, 23, and Andres Portillo, 20, were charged in federal court in connection to the trafficking.
The gang members trafficked young, runaway girls in an area of Houston, known as “The Blade,” according to prosecutors.
The defendants recruited the girls and forced them to engage in sex for money, prosecutors claimed. The sex happened in cars and hotels around the Blade. The suspects passed the victims among each other.
The gang members taught each other “the pimp game” and required the girls to sell their bodies, according to prosecutors. They also kept the money the girls earned.
If the girls wanted to switch between pimps, they had to pay an exit fee or get “beat out” in order to leave, prosecutors noted.
If convicted, each man faces 15 years to life in federal prison.