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Sex Trafficked Woman's Murder Prompts First Montgomery County Lawsuit


Sex Trafficked Woman's Murder Prompts First Montgomery County Lawsuit

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HOUSTON, Aug. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Aug. 15, 2018 Ashley Minga filed a lawsuit on behalf of her 19-year-old daughter Hayley Farr, who was murdered in the North Houston suburb of Shenandoah, Texas in November 2016.  Farr was trafficked for two years at the America's Best Value Inn & Suites along the I-45 corridor where she was ultimately murdered by gunshot in a hotel room by her pimp.

The lawsuit is the first filed in Montgomery County, Texas targeting business and hotel owners who knowingly profit from human trafficking, and is part of a succession of civil court cases filed by Minga's trial attorney, Ross Bussard, of the Bussard Law Firm, who pioneered the first human trafficking lawsuit in Texas in 2017.  

Bussard and his firm operate under a new Texas law authorized by the 2009 Texas legislature where businesses that knowingly benefit from the trafficking of another person can be held civilly liable. 

Bussard says, "Defendants were aware of the human trafficking at the hotel yet still rent rooms to known pimps to conduct the illegal activities.  Defendants tolerated these illegal activities, and purposefully turned a "blind eye," because by doing so they have acquired a steady stream of income from renting rooms to those conducting these activities." 

"Hayley was taken from us too soon and if I can help prevent another mother from losing her daughter to human trafficking, I'm going to do it," said Minga. "Hotel owners need to be held accountable for turning a blind eye to a victim's suffering and allowing this type of activity to take place.  I am bringing forth this suit to do just that – to show that it is unacceptable to ignore this any longer."  

The trial date has not yet been set by the Court, but Plaintiff has asked that a twelve person Montgomery County jury get to decide the case. Specified damages then requested will likely be in excess of 1 million dollars.

About Bussard Law:

Bussard Law is the first firm in Texas to specialize in representing human trafficking victims and victim's families who have suffered harm at the hands of other hotels and businesses that have knowingly profited from their suffering.  As victims and their families face challenges, Bussard Law makes every effort to provide dedicated, agro representation in order to pursue justice.


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