Neighborhood Massage Parlors: Legitimate Business or Front for Sex Trafficking?
The recent arrest of the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, is bringing to light the sordid underground world of local neighborhood massage parlors where women from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and other countries are lured to the U.S., often with legal visas, with promises of a better life, and then forced into modern day slavery by human traffickers.
The Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where Mr. Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution, is now the focus of a large-scale sex trafficking investigation by the Jupiter (Florida) Police Department. The investigation was triggered by “numerous complaints” by concerned citizens, as well as online reviews.
According to police, the victims averaged eight clients a day. They were forced to live in the spas for days, sometimes months, “for the purpose of sexual servitude.” Many of them came from China on temporary work visas, believing they’d get legitimate jobs in the U.S. The police did not identify the number of women considered to be victims in the trafficking ring.
And now, authorities have charged at least 173 people with crimes, including human trafficking and soliciting prostitution. Six people are charged with running the ring.
Could this be happening in your neighborhood?
Join us Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00am PST on Voice America Variety Channel or access the archived show on ExploitedCrimes.com as host, Opal Singleton, explores the reality of local massage parlors used as fronts for sex trafficking.
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RESOURCES, LINKS and CASES:
- Temecula Woman Among Group Indicted for Interstate Sex Trafficking Operation
- 86 men arrested in Phoenix police sex-trafficking bust
- 21 indicted in Thailand-to-US sex-trafficking ring
- BREAKING NEWS: FSMTB RELEASES REPORT ON HOW HUMAN TRAFFICKING IMPACTS THE MASSAGE FIELD
- ‘Mastermind’ of prostitution ring pleads guilty