Chinese Nationals On Trial For Human Trafficking, Selling Sex At Local Massage Parlors


Three Chinese nationals are on trial in Delaware County, answering to charges they forced women to perform sex acts inside massage parlors across central Ohio.

The charges against 57-year-old Qing Xu, 56-year-old Xiaoshuang Chao, and 54-year-old Estella Xu include money laundering, multiple counts of promoting prostitution and practicing medicine without a license.  A Delaware County Grand Jury handed down a 15-count indictment against the trio following the raids.

"They will tell you they worked seven days a week,12 hours a day, they had to pay $10 a day to live there (massage parlor) and they had to sleep in massage parlor beds," Jennifer Roush of the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office said."These women were treated like just another supply at the store."

Police say a three-month investigation revealed women were forced to live at parlors, sleep on massage tables, and were never allowed to leave.  In January, authorities rescued 18 women who they believe were living in servitude. 

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
•    Private residence at 2144 Jasmine Court, Columbus

Investigators say when they began looking into the operation after they noticed the business never advertised in local papers. Police say the owners instead advertised on a website that caters to adult entertainment.

"The (victims) were brought here from other cities, like New York, far from home, and could not leave without the help of the bosses...they were indentured servants," Roush said.

The case could last about two weeks due to translation challenges.  A Mandarin translator was been brought to the trial because none of the defendants speak English.

Both Xu and Chao have previously denied any wrongdoing.  All three remain jailed on $500,000 bond.

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.