Police say today's raid is just one of dozens of so-called massage parlors concentrated in the Chintown area. As soon as they were allegedly offered sex, other officers moved in and arrested the four women inside. People who live and work in the neighborhood watched from the sidelines as police converged on the alleged whorehouse. Police say the illegal sex trade is hiding in plain sight, right on the edges of Center City. They advertize in newspapers as massage parlors, but the police say they are houses of prostitution. Local News.
They're nestled amid bustling downtowns and tucked into nondescript strip malls across quiet suburbs. Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of the American landscape for decades, hidden in plain sight. But the Florida prostitution sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft last week is a reminder of the human trafficking and abuse taking place behind the darkened windows of many of these storefronts — and how challenging they are to address. The case also highlights how police and prosecutors are increasingly using a broad range of approaches, including deeper investigations into wider criminal networks, crackdowns on online sites where johns trade detailed sex reviews and enforcement of stricter civil codes on the massage industry, anti-trafficking activists said. Most of the prostitutes are women from China and South Korea in their mids to late 50s who have entered the country illegally, are deeply in debt and are drawn into sex work through a combination of lies, threats and other forms of coercion, the organization said.
Habibi said police investigation revealed the centre was initially a massage training centre which The crackdown started before noon. Eyewitness News confirmed four of six locations, including massage parlors at N. Shadeland Ave.