Investigators say that for more than 10 years, sex traffickers have used the site to conduct business. more Behind the brick-red cantina on industrial Clinton Drive, in the shadow of the Port of Houston, sex traffickers for more than a decade have sold women and girls for sex, some as young as 14, imprisoned by intimidation and fear.So notorious is the bar that undercover Texas alcohol investigators long ago documented its seedy intricacies: an escape hatch, a hidden passageway leading to decrepit and gated houses of prostitution described as "horse stalls." Federal, state and local agents learned by name and face many key characters who operated La Costenita and made repeated - but only partially successful efforts - to stop them.
Last week, federal agents secured the indictment of alleged cantina owner and operator Maria "Nancy" Rojas and nine others, arresting them in a late-night raid on the club and compound and rescuing at least nine women and girls.
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.
One of Salazar's favorite haunts was the Maria Bonita.
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