Three people who ran massage parlours in Delaware are on trial for human trafficking. Seven Chinese women were forced to provide massages and additional sexual services for customers, but had to hand over most of the money to the massage parlour owners. They didn’t have access to adequate accommodations and had to sleep on the massage tables.
“The victims…were enticed through the social media advertising web site Backpage.”
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- Massage parlours often serve as venues for sex trafficking. Some nail salons also use forced labour.
- Warning signs that someone may be a trafficking victim in such an establishment would include not being able to leave (or being driven to and from work by someone else), not speaking English (except for massage-related/sexual terms), or not knowing where exactly they are.
- Victims are increasingly lured into sham employment via social media, where they are promised something different than what the reality ends up being.
- Important distinction: registered massage therapy clinics are very different from massage parlours. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t need to worry about running into trafficking victims at legitimate massage therapy locations that only operate during the day.