AG Healey says traffickers and sex buyers will be held accountable

Remarks follow arrests made involving massage parlors in Agawam and Northampton

The Pine Spa Noho in Florence is among the establishments involved in the human trafficking investigation.

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – One of four suspects was arraigned in western Massachusetts on Wednesday for allegedly running two separate, but similar human trafficking operations in the area. This is an ongoing investigation by law enforcement in Massachusetts and New York.

Attorney General Maura Healey told 22News that at least one of the suspects has allegedly been trafficking women from Queens, New York to massage parlors in Agawam and Northampton. Healey said many of these victims are immigrants of Chinese descent and who speak little to no English.

Healey had some strong words for not only traffickers, but sex buyers as well. “We are trying to send a message loud and clear to traffickers and also to sex buyers, those who create the demand for sex: You are exploiting human beings. And when we find out about it, we’re going to chase it and we’re going to hold people accountable.”

Healey said her office is working with the victims to provide them with housing, food and to connect them with their families.

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