There may be more to Holyoke’s panhandler population than meets the eye.
The Attorney General’s Office has a new plan to prevent sex trafficking.
The arrests come as part of an effort to crack down on human trafficking and prostitution in Massachusetts.
New legislation and state initiatives are taking shape with an aim to end modern day slavery.
A total of three men were arrested in connection with a human trafficking ring that was operating out of Danbury, Connecticut.
Georgia police find eight women being held against their will in $1-million home.
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.