COLUMBUS, Ohio ( WSYX/WTTE) – Two Central Ohio massage parlors were shutdown amid accusations of human trafficking. A judge has issued a temporary restraining order Friday morning against East Wind Massage at the Flag Center near Westerville and Far Eastern Health Spa of Grove City.
Anyone interested in opening a new massage business in Westerville will have to keep waiting.Officials continue to discuss a permanent city ordinance for regulating such businesses, following an outcry from residents concerned about illicit businesses serving as fronts for prostitution and human trafficking operations.Westerville City Council members unanimously agreed earlier this month to extend a 90-day moratorium another 150 days, starting May 8, the day it was to expire.
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The Westerville community is learning how to spot signs of human trafficking after police busted a local massage parlor for prostitution. Investigators say they’ve seen an increase in human trafficking in the area and neighbors want to help keep it out. “The purpose of tonight is education.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.