Police shutdown 8 Lafayette massage parlors for prostitution, suspect human trafficking
POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 3:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:33am
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — Lafayette Police in joint effort with the Federal Government and both Calcasieu and Bossier Parish Law Enforcement Agencies have announced today an investigation that had lead to arrests and seizures at 8 massage parlor locations in Lafayette city limits.
The massage parlors were shutdown due to prohibited sexual conduct and prostitution between massage parlor employees and their clients.
During the investigation, agents determined that all of the massage parlor operators and employees were born in the Republic of China and living with limited means inside of the massage parlors.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft says conditions of these sorts have lead the department to investigate the likelihood human trafficking.
"We are investigating a human trafficking aspect to this operation." said Chief Craft.
"Many of the employees were found not to have identification, and both their passports and any United States identification they had we being held by Pam La Ma. These girls were not free to move about the city, much less the state or country."
One location, Ocean Spa, seemed to be the central location of operations for all parlors involved and nearly all of the locations that were busted were operating without a license as well as evidence of money laundering.
Agents in Lafayette seized laptop and i-pad computers, ledgers, notes and ban documents, 13 thousand dollars in US currency, 174 thousand Hong Kong dollars, and bank accounts connected to Ocean Spa, LLC.