Woman arrested for trying to force mentally ill teen into prostitution
A northwest Harris County woman is behind bars after allegedly trying to get a troubled teen to enter a life of prostitution, according to Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap’s Office.
Shameka Young, 25, is being held in Harris County Jail on a $50,000 bail. Due to the age of the teen, Young’s ability to post personal bond was not approved. Young, 25, is charged with promotion of prostitution, a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony in Texas is punishable with 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
According to Harris County Constable Ted Heap’s Office, Young tried to to force a 15-year-old runaway girl into prostitution. The incident began with the victim reportedly meeting Young near the intersection of FM 529 and Havencreek Drive in west Harris County.
“The victim, a 15-year-old girl who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, told Precinct 5 investigators that Shameka Young took her to Southwest Houston on Jan. 16 and tried to force her, against her wishes, to ‘walk the track,’ working as a prostitute,” according to the Constable’s Office.
The victim said she refused.
“The complainant stated that she asked the defendant several times to let her call her mother so she could go home, but the defendant refused,” according to the filed complaint.
After another attempt to force her into prostitution, the teen was left at a shopping center in the 9800 block of Bissonnet. There she was found unharmed by Precinct 5 deputies on the evening of Jan. 17. The teen was released to her mother on the scene.
According to the filed complaint, “this section of Bissonnet Street is well known for street prostitution.”
After reviewing the case, Precinct 5 investigator Ryan Hottman was able to track down Young through phone records and an earlier case involving a missing debit card. After interviewing the victim, her mother and other witnesses, investigators were able to identity the suspect which led to her arrest on Jan. 30.
Young’s next court date is set for March 29. According to Harris County District Clerk records, she was previously arrested twice on felonies, once for aggravated assault on a family member and once for evading arrest.