Illicit Massage, Health, & Beauty

Primary business of sex or labor trafficking is concealed under the facade of legitimate spa services.

Type: Sex & Labor Trafficking


Illicit massage, health, and beauty businesses present a façade of legitimate spa services, concealing that their primary business is the sex and labor trafficking of women trapped in these businesses. Although they appear to be single storefronts, the majority are controlled as part of larger networks – with one to three people owning several businesses at a time. Research suggests there are at least 7,000 storefronts in the U.S., and possibly far more.

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