Not every massage parlor is a front for prostitution, there is a history in our region of raids and arrests involving these businesses.
For Massachusetts, 88 cases of human trafficking were reported to the national hotline in 2016, including 67 cases of sex trafficking.
Li is charged with trafficking persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution, and money laundering.
Prosecutors say the husband and wife used a business to recruit women and force them into prostitution.
Yin is charged along with her mother, Feng Ling Liu, and her mother’s husband, Jian Song.
Chun Nu Li was arrested in New York last week, in connection to alleged prostitution and human trafficking at the Feeding Hills Spa.
State police detectives along with Homeland Security raided the Feeding Hills Spa on Tuesday.
Detectives arrested a total of 114 suspects after a six-day-long undercover operation.
Jian Song and Feng Ling Liu are accused of running a human trafficking and prostitution ring along with their daughter.
So what exactly is human trafficking? 22News reveals how these victims may have been forced into becoming a prostitute.
Attorney General Maura Healey said the suspects ran two separate but similar operations in western Massachusetts.
Attorney General Maura Healey said human trafficking is still a major issue in Massachusetts.
Victims involved in the human trafficking operation were allegedly taken from New York to communities in western Massachusetts.
State police detectives could be seen going in and out of the Springfield Street spa on Tuesday morning.
The FBI says 82 minors were rescued and 239 accused traffickers and their associates were arrested in Operation Cross Country X.
The couple allegedly recruited women through a business called “Sinful Innocence,” then forced those women to work as prostitutes.
The 22News I-Team has uncovered a disturbing trend happening in western Massachusetts, and the victims can be as young as 14-years-old.
Shutting down the website reduces the supply of sex-trafficking victims, but the demand may still be a major problem.
More than half of all women and girls trafficked for sex in Canada are indigenous yet indigenous people make up just 4% of the population.
Authorities in Maryland say they stopped a human trafficking enterprise that claimed dozens of victims, some of are only teens.