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
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