TABC revokes liquor license for Houston’s Vegas Nite Club bar following human trafficking investigation

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A bar in Houston had its liquor license revoked after investigators with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Special Investigation Unit said they discovered a suspected brothel there.

The Vegas Nite Club on the 12600 block of W. Hardy Road was the subject of a TABC emergency order issued this week following an investigation into allegations of prostitution and human trafficking.

On March 26, investigators reportedly contacted several women believed to be working at the site, leading to some criminal charges. TABC Victim Services offered assistance to all potential victims of human trafficking identified that night.

SEE ALSO: How to Identify a Victim of Human Trafficking

TABC investigators later served an emergency order on the bar owner, telling him to stop all alcohol sales and service for 90 days. An order permanently suspending the company’s liquor license soon followed.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec. 11.61 requires the Commission to revoke a company’s alcohol license or permit if it is determined that “the place or manner in which the permit holder conducts the permit holder’s business justifies the cancellation or suspension of the permit based on the general welfare, health, peace, morale, and safety of the people.”

“Prostitution is one of the leading indicators of even more serious organized crime activity, including human trafficking,” said TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles. “TABC will continue to actively investigate and stop all criminal activity at the businesses we license.”

The case will be further investigated.

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