Two Found Guilty In Massage Parlor Human Trafficking Trial

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A jury has found two Chinese nationals guilty on charges of forcing women to perform sex acts inside massage parlors across central Ohio.

Qing Xu and Estella Xu were found guilty on all 15 counts against them in Delaware County. The counts include promoting prostitution, money laundering and practicing medicine without a license.

The third co-defendant Xiaoshaung Chao, the husband of Quing Xu, was found not guilty.

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 defendants will be sentenced at a later date.