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Two Houston men from a ring of suspected child sex traffickers were ordered to remain in federal custody Tuesday in a case triggered when a 15-year-old Houston ISD student told her school counselor she’d been the victim of a trafficking operation on the notorious Bissonnet Track.

Clarence Christopher “Crazy Chris” Chambers, 29, and Damarquis “Lilblue” McGee, 23, appeared at a Zoom hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon wearing orange jail uniforms used at the Joe Corley federal detention facility.

Others accused of pimping several teenage girls in a gang-affiliated scheme are expected to appear this week in federal court. Javon “Glizzy” Yaw Opoku, 20, who is separately accused of capital murder in Pasadena, is set for an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon and Andres “Andro” Serrano Portillo, who had his first court appearance last week, has a detention hearing set for Friday.

Chambers and McGee and several others were awaiting trial in Harris County on trafficking allegations. In federal court, they now face much steeper sentences of up to life in prison for trafficking children.

Chambers came to the attention of authorities after a 15-year-old girl who had been absent from her alternative school for awhile returned to campus. On Oct. 4, 2019, a school counselor and teacher at Disciplinary Alternative Education Program in north Houston contacted the Houston Police Department to report she’d told them she had been trafficked to johns in the Bissonnet area between July and September of that year. A detective from HPD’s human trafficking and vice unit began an investigation. Federal investigators have since linked the trafficking crew to at least a dozen child and adult victims.

Chambers is accused of recruiting the 15-year-old at a VIP party in Irvington attended by pimps and young girls. The student told the school psychologist she had earned $400 to $500 a week for sex acts in cars and motels around Bissonnet and she gave most of that money to Chambers. She also told school staff she had recruited other female students to work for Chambers.

Chambers’ defense attorney, Joshua Lake, questioned HPD Detective Melanie Jones at the hearing Tuesday about this timeline and the 15-year-old’s history of prostitution prior to meeting Chambers. Jones corrected the record, explaining that Chambers allegedly recruited her after that party. She admitted the attendance at the party was not confirmed to include young girls. The detective also said, under questioning, that she believed the girl had been involved in the sex trade prior to meeting Chambers.

The detective found three other minor trafficking victims whose cases she believed were linked to the same crew of pimps, according to court documents. Chambers used social media and texts to advertise the victim to customers.

A federal prosecutor, Eun Kate Suh, told the court Tuesday that Chambers’ teenage victim was also victimized by some of the other defendants expected in court this week.

McGee declined through his attorney to have a detention hearing Tuesday. According to allegations, he belongs to the Forum Park Crips and Portillo and Opoku — whose hearings are forthcoming — are younger gang members who are also loyal to the Crips. All three are accused of working together in various capacities to prostitute young girls on the Track.

Police learned of McGee’s involvement in December when after the mother of a 14-year-old told the Pct. 1 Harris County Constable her daughter had run away in July 2019 and had been missing ever since. The teen’s sister had seen images of the missing girl on social media where she appeared to be walking on the Track in the Forum Park area. The posts also showed images of her with McGee and piles of money, according to court documents.

The 14-year-old told police she had been trafficked by McGee and that he had beaten her on numerous occasions. Police noted that she had a tattoo under her eye of his first name, Damarquis, documents say.

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