DALLAS, TX — The Dallas Police Department in partnership with other law enforcement agencies executed multiple search warrants at businesses around the area suspected of human sex trafficking and prostitution. The business were found in the 11000 block of Emerald Street, the 2000 block of Whispering Cove in Lewisville, and in the 2800 block of Bois D’arc Street in Commerce, DPD said in a news release Wednesday.
The warrants and arrests were made following an investigation that began last fall. DPD had received tips regarding a number of illicit massage businesses which "are often a hub of human sex trafficking and prostitution and a top priority for the Dallas Police Department’s Vice Unit," the department said in the release.
"In collaboration with members of City of Dallas’ Community Prosecution / RISK teams at the Northwest Patrol Division, the Dallas Police Department launched an investigation. It focused on businesses named ‘Jasmine,’ ‘Passion,’ and ‘Charming,’" DPD said. "As the investigation was progressing, detectives were able to confirm that prostitution was occurring, and the three separate businesses were in fact, all connected by one group of owner/operators."
Steven Eix was taken into custody in Lewisville, by the Lewisville Police Department and the Dallas Police Department. Josip Maric and Yenrudee Anuson were taken into custody in Commerce by the Department of Public Safety, Commerce Police Department, Texas A&M Commerce University Police Department, and the Dallas Police Department. Pornthipa Khan was taken into custody in Honolulu, Hawaii, by HSI and the US Marshals Task Force, DPD said in its news release. Detectives also detained multiple individuals who were inside the businesses at the time.