"The Track" has moved, apparently. Last May, we wrote about how County Attorney Vince Ryan was suing the Plainfield Inn at the corner of the Southwest Freeway and Bissonnet Street because it was home to prostitution and other general criminal activity. Those in the know referred to it as "the Track" because prostitutes would parade along an area on the edge of the hotel's property. But you know what they say? When God closes a door, he opens a window.
Apparently, after suing both the Plainfield Inn and a Burger King in May, the party just moved a couple blocks northwest to a shopping center at 9780 Bissonnet Street, where "the Track" has re-emerged in a strip center. Now Ryan is going after the tiny strip mall at the center of which are Kenny's Grill and Sports Club and H20 Nightclub, both of which have been cited for serving alcohol after 2 a.m. and not having a liquor license. Hey, the pimps and hos gotta have something to drink, am I right?
"Shopping centers must make reasonable efforts to stop crime on their property," Ryan said in a statement. "If they do not our office will act."
If the accusations weren't bad enough, the suit also lists aggravated robbery, assault, underage prostitution and human trafficking among the issues at the shopping center. Some of the prostitutes were allegedly as young as 16. Gross.
The suit asks a judge to order the owner of the center, Rhmzyu, LLC, to take steps necessary to reduce criminal activity. The pimps, hos and johns must go.
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The question becomes, if they successfully shut them down here, where do they go next. This shopping center has a Subway. The last one had a Burger King. What's next, Chick-fil-A? Carl's Jr.? Whataburger???