Human trafficking suspect Shuzi Li back in court

Li is one of several suspects recently charged in separate human trafficking cases

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A woman accused of recruiting victims and then having them serve as sex workers was in court again on Thursday.

A brief hearing was held at Northampton District Court for Shuzi Li, who is charged with trafficking persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution, and money laundering. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office says that Li trafficked women from Flushing, Queens to Pine Spa NoHo in Northampton, and Agawam Massage Therapy in Agawam.

In an earlier court hearing, the prosecution said that Li was seen bringing women from bus stations to the spas, as well as an apartment in West Springfield. She allegedly recruited her victims, advertised sexual services online, and set up appointments for the encounters. Once the appointments were booked, Li would allegedly bring the victims to the locations where sex was exchanged for money.

Li was one of multiple people charged in separate human trafficking investigations involving local massage parlors last month.

She is scheduled to be back in court February 10.


Continuing Coverage: Human trafficking in western Massachusetts