2 Arrested In Massage Parlor Raids Across Central Ohio

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Agents with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force raided a number of massage parlors across the region on Wednesday.

Ohio AG Mike DeWine said it was suspected that the parlors were fronts for sex crimes and human trafficking. 

"Today we are not just arresting those who are suspected of trafficking women for sex, we are also rescuing those who may be victims of this heinous crime," said Columbus Police Commander Gary Cameron.

The raids took place at the following locations:

•    Amsun Massage, 128 East Olentangy Street, Powell
•    Amsun Massage, 1000 High Street, Worthington
•    Rainbow Massage, 5564 Hilliard Rome Road, Columbus
•    A private residence at 2144 Jasmine Court, Columbus

Two people were arrested as part of the investigation. Qing Xu and Xiao Shuang Chao were taken into custody.

“I'm disappointed.  It's a black eye to our community,” said Bud McNichols of Upright Management.

McNichols is the property manager who told 10TV that Amsun was not a legitimate business. He says red flags went up when he realized the parlor was keeping late hours, and that's not all.

“Folks would park a distance away and walk up, and of course, that's not normal,” added McNichols.

Police say a three-month investigation revealed women were forced to live at the parlor, sleeping on massage tables, never allowed to leave. Authorities rescued 18 women who they believe were living in servitude. 

“A little bit of shock - realize their whole environment has been controlled by somebody else,” said Chief Gary Vest, Powell Police.

“We don't want them in our back yard.  We want to send a message that you can't hide in plain sight and put your ads on Craigslist and put your ads on back page and think you can get away with it.  We're going to shut you down,” said Agent Nathan Emery, Homeland Security Investigations.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To report activity you think may be related to human trafficking or to seek help, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-3737-888.  

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