CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - This past December authorities raided several Asian massage parlors in western Massachusetts. Several women and one man face human trafficking charges.
While not every Asian Massage Parlor is a front for prostitution or human trafficking, there is a history in our region of raids and arrests involving these businesses. From 2009 - 2011 there were several Asian massage parlors raided in western Massachusetts. The 22News I-Team went through court records and discovered interesting information about convictions.
With the promises of jobs, money and opportunity, many women find themselves involved in the sex trade and human trafficking. Who are these traffickers and their victims? How do they get a license to do business in Massachusetts? What is law enforcement doing to stem the growing tide of this shady underworld?
Watch tonight on 22News starting at 6PM.
WWLP.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.