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As four accused Dallas-area pimps are behind bars, a lawsuit filed by the city of Dallas shows what life is like for some victims of human sex trafficking.
The bust happened Wednesday inside a business claiming to be massage parlors in the 11300 block of Emerald Street in northwest Dallas, according to the Dallas Police Department.
Two other businesses in Lewisville, Texas, and Commerce, Texas, were also raided.
The arrests and raid came after a months-long investigation by DPD’s Vice Unit. Pornthipa Khan, 54; Steven Eix, 53; Josip Maric, 42; and Yenrudee Anuson, 44, were all charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution.
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Eix was arrested in Lewisville, Texas, while Maric and Anuson were both arrested in Commerce, Texas by Texas A&M Commerce police and other agencies.
Khan was arrested in Hawaii.
Several people inside the businesses were also detained, although police believe they could be victims of human trafficking who were forced into prostitution.
In a lawsuit filed by the city of Dallas against the property owner, city officials are seeking to label the property as a nuisance. Photos used as evidence in that case show dire living conditions, including mattresses on the floor and cramped living quarters.
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