Most come from Asia, frequently China and South Korea, lured with false promises of visas, housing, or high salaries, but manipulated into debt to their traffickers that keeps them captive. That means massage parlors with steel bars on the windows, multiple security cameras outside, bolted front doors, and back-alley entrances — some right in Center City. Dozens of massage businesses in the Philadelphia region are listed on one website Polaris described as a popular registry for people seeking massage parlors where they can pay for sex. The parlors dot not just Philadelphia, but the collar counties, too: On a recent day, the site listed businesses in Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Downingtown, and other municipalities. Get the news you need to start your day.
AG: Florida business owner arrested for operating 6 massage parlors in Western Pa.
Pennsylvania Massage Parlors Accused Of Sex Trafficking | Warminster, PA Patch
A Pensacola, Fla. David C. Williams, 41, of Pensacola was arrested and charged with using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the harboring of illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain by U. Agents in Florida also executed multiple federal search warrants in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, and Gainesville. Williams allegedly was exploiting undocumented women and offering sexual acts for money during massages at his parlors. The investigation originated from a tip received by the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The investigation continues.
Pennsylvania has at least illicit massage parlors that operate as fronts for sex and other forms of human trafficking, according to a new report by Polaris, a Washington, D. Polaris tracked what it considers "modern-day slavery" in a page report on sex and labor trafficking in illicit massage businesses. The report did not directly identify the Pennsylvania massage parlors that possibly engage in "commercial sex" and other illegal activities, saying that information is part of a larger criminal investigation conducted by federal law enforcement authorities.