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article imageUnited Airlines pilot charged with running six Houston brothels

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 25, 2016 in Crime
Houston - It is alleged a pilot who flew international flights with United Airlines led a double life and allegedly ran several Houston brothels. He and another woman face pimping-related charges.
After an investigation that ended with a series of raids of alleged Houston brothels, Bruce Wayne Wallis, 51, and Tracie Rebekah Tanner, 37, were arrested on Wednesday and charged with prostitution-related offences. It is alleged Wallis controlled six brothels in the the Texas city and controlled several women. WUSA reports Wallis faces one count of aggravated promotion of prostitution and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity. Tanner faces one charge of aggravated promotion of prostitution. Although the exact relationship between Wallis and Tanner has not been revealed, it is believed Tanner's role was to manage the brothels.
Tracie Rebekah Tanner  37
Tracie Rebekah Tanner, 37
Houston Police Department
Twenty women, who advertised their services online, were also arrested and charged with prostitution offences.
According to Houston police, there were six brothels located in various apartment and office buildings throughout Houston. WUSA reported George W. and Laura Bush lived in one of the apartment buildings during the 1970s. It is alleged the prostitutes were controlled by Wallis and he received $400 a week from each woman who worked for him.
The Houston Chronicle quotes Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lester Blizzard as saying, "It's one of the largest operations I've ever worked on" and the prostitution ring was described as "massive." Court records reveal authorities have a lot of surveillance on Wallis as well as seized records including texts between the pilot and the women who worked for him. It is alleged Wallis, who was known as "Bruno" on the streets, carried a gun, drove a black Hummer, and intimidated women and other pimps.
After Wallis's arrest, United Airlines issued a statement saying, "United holds its employees to the highest standard" and added the airline is cooperating with law enforcement. Wallis is flying the friendly skies no more.
According to the authorities, a lot of the women allegedly working for Wallis are Russian and police are looking into whether these women were recruited by the pilot while he travelled internationally for United.
Wallis was released on $5,000 bail Thursday and is due back in court next week.
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