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A College Station man has been arrested on human trafficking charges after authorities say he forced a woman into prostitution.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Herman Henry Fox, 34, was arrested last week in connection to an August incident where a woman was found outside a College Station hotel.

Authorities say a DPS agent in Brazos County was contacted by a DPS official in El Paso this summer, who said a woman who was reported missing out of Louisiana was thought to be in Houston. Investigators in the Houston area obtained cell phone information and pinged the phone’s location to College Station. Local investigators were provided with the woman’s name and description and staked out a local hotel in August.

Authorities received confirmation the woman was staying at the hotel, and officials watched her leave her room around noon and walk toward a car. Authorities stopped the woman and the driver of the car attempted to leave but was detained. The woman was placed in a patrol car and began sobbing and told authorities they saved her life. She was taken to an area hospital and treated for several broken ribs.

Fox was held on a charge of possession of marijuana.

At the hospital, authorities say the woman said she lived in Louisiana with her husband and was unemployed. As a way to make money, she began driving Fox around in exchange for cash. The woman told officials she would take him to various locations in Texas and Louisiana. At one point, she said Fox called from San Antonio and asked her to come pick him and another woman up and take them back to Louisiana, which she did.

Once in Louisiana, the woman said Fox told her to pull over under a bridge. According to a police report, Fox exited the car with the second woman, punched her in the face and abandoned her. He returned to the car and told the woman to drive away. She told police she was scared of Fox and complied.

According to a report, the woman said Fox had her stop at a hotel in Baton Rouge. There, he got online and created an advertisement on a website that offers adult services and told her she would make him “a lot of money.” Fox then forced the woman to take methamphetamine to lower her resistance and was forced to have sex with a man, authorities said.

Fox eventually had the woman pick up another woman in Houston and the three traveled together. The woman told authorities she was taken to hotels in Houston, Stafford, Denton and Wichita Falls before they traveled to Colorado. A police report states the website ad would be updated at each location and she was forced into sex with numerous men, with Fox keeping the money.

On Aug. 22, Fox is accused of taking the woman to a motel in Bryan. A police report states the woman was tied to the bed with sheets and beaten. Days later, the group moved to the College Station hotel, which is where police found them.

X-rays from the hospital confirmed the woman had several broken ribs. Authorities also traced the online ad for the woman and found the e-mail address it was connected with belonged to Fox.

Fox is charged with human trafficking for sexual conduct and compelling prostitution by force, both second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. He is also being held on misdemeanor marijuana possession.

He is being held at the Brazos County Jail on $24,000 bond.


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