Massage parlors suspected of human trafficking reopen

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police Department)
Four local massage parlors that were shut down, earlier this year, due to suspected human trafficking and solicitation are back open.
It was back in June when St. Joseph County Police raided the businesses and the owner’s home following a more-than-year-long investigation.
Authorities say several women were living inside the businesses, some of them, victims of trafficking, and admitting that sexual activity was taking place. At least two of the victims asked for help returning to their home countries.
To this day, no criminal charges have been filed, though ABC 57 reports the Sheriff’s Office expects to send the case to the county prosecutor in a few weeks.
The county health department shut the businesses down, but they recently re-opened under new names or new ownership.


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