Two human trafficking suspects were arrested Wednesday after they arranged to provide three women in a prostitution arrangement with an undercover detective, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.
Haqikah Amina Kerr, 39, and Andrea Shorter, 29, both of Houston, were arrested after an undercover detective got in touch with Kerr through an online advertisement, McNamara said. Kerr agreed to bring three women to a location to have sex with officer in exchange for money, McNamara said.
Kerr and Shorter arrived at the meeting location with the three women and and the 3-year-old son of one of the women, an arrest affidavit states. Shorter had several hundred dollars in his pocket and was wearing sweatpants that had the word "pimp" embroidered on them, McNamara said.
"Both of them, the man and woman, were involved in it, and the women were definitely being trafficked," he said.
Deputies arrested Kerr and Shorter on a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity and a state jail felony charge of endangering a child.
"This is why we do 'John' stings," human trafficking Detective Joseph Scaramucci said, referring to undercover operations targeting sex buyers. "These three women were being trafficked by people who are capitalizing on them for having sex with 'Johns.' If the demand for these women wasn't there, these suspects in these cases wouldn't be able to sell them."
The affidavit states Kerr and Shorter had plans to take the women to Dallas.
The women were rescued from the incident and were put in touch with Unbound, a nonprofit group that raises public awareness and provides services to trafficking victims. The women were later released, Scaramucci said.
Kerr and Shorter remained in jail Thursday afternoon with bonds listed at $80,000 each. Shorter was also being held on a Harris County warrant charging aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.