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Central Ohio massage parlors shut down amid human trafficking accusations

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.

Westerville officials extend ban on massage parlors another 150 days

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.

Trafficked in America

Trafficked in America – The inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an egg farm in Ohio.

Westerville community learns about human trafficking

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 Task Force

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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