Police raid massage parlors in possible sex trafficking ring
POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 4:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 9:45am
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — Police raided two Port Allen massage parlors on Monday morning, all in an attempt to shut down what may be a sex trafficking ring.
It started as an undercover operation, and now arrest warrants have been served for some employees accused of providing sexual favors for money.
Police were looking to serve warrants to an employee, Barbra Kim, 52, and the owner Sang Back Kim, 46, for prostitution by massage.
Both work at "Rainbow Therapuetic" on highway one in Port Allen.
Neither Barbara Kim or Sang Kim were there when police arrived, but three others were detained. Police are currently questioning them.
About four months ago, undercover agents were sent into the parlors and were offered sexual favors for money.
Louisiana State Police say the parlors also advertised on a website that's known for prostitution ads.
They say this case is a lot bigger than they could have imagined.
Young's Therapy on Lobdell Highway was the other establishment being investigated, which is also in Port Allen.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department also served a warrant there, but the owner of Young's Therapy lives out of state, and the charges on him are pending.
Louisiana State Police are working to find out if drugs are involved and anyone else who may be associated with the parlors.
They have been working with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security Investigation, and the Attorney Generals Office on this investigation.
So far the search warrants have resulted in the arrest of 6 employees listed below:
- Angel Weeks, 70
- Kyung Hee Kim, 54
- Han Ae Ja, 53
- Eun Hwa Lee, 39
- In Ja Kang, 50
- Barbara Kim, 52
Tonight at 10:00 p.m. we will give you a full update and show you what police found and what the next steps are in this investigation.