HOUSTON – A Temple woman asserts in a recent lawsuit filed in Harris County District Court that her daughter was murdered by human traffickers near a Houston motel last year.

In court documents submitted on Mar. 10 before the Harris County 151st District Court, Janiece Charlez alleges that Natalie Irene Fisher, 21, was trafficked at the Plainfield Inn located at 9638 Plainfield St. in southwest Houston prior to her Sept. 23, 2016 passing.

Fisher’s remains were purportedly found some ten miles from the inn, who Charlez claims knew about the criminal activity on its premises.

“Human traffickers use the Plainfield Inn as their base of operations and facility for the sex trade,” the original petition says.

Charlez insists the inn and its proprietors, Rajan Patel and Dahyabhai Patel, tolerated “these illegal activities because in doing so they have acquired a steady stream of income from renting rooms to those conducting these activities.”

The establishment was the subject of more than 400 calls to the Houston Police Department since May 2014, per the suit.

Consequently, Charlez seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Ross D. Bussard of the law firm Hotze Runkle PLLC in Austin.

 Harris County 151st District Court Case No. 2017-16975

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