NEVADA CITY: Massage Parlors Busted for Human Trafficking

Dave Marquis for KXTV on July 10, 2014—
“The operators of a pair of massage parlors are facing charges for prostitution and conspiracy after raids in Auburn and Nevada City on Wednesday.

The Placer Special Investigation Unit and police from Auburn and Nevada City conducted the joint raids at Asian Massage Therapy in Auburn and the Oriental Health Therapy in Nevada City.

Owner Julie Feng was arrested for pimping, pandering, human trafficking and conspiracy; her boyfriend Phillip Hudson was arrested for pimping, pandering and conspiracy. Both were booked into the Placer County Jail and later released on bail. If convicted, Feng and Hudson could face several years in prison.

The investigation began after complaints from nearby businesses in January.

“The passports and everything were definitely from another country,” Placer Special Investigation Unit commander William Olson said. “The actual victims in this are the actual employees that are basically being held against their will, or they’re being forced into doing acts that they wouldn’t ordinarily do for money.”

Feng was the only person working at either establishment who seemed to have a massage license, but that turned out to be fraudulent, investigators said.

Some, including the owner of the restaurant next door, find the charges hard to believe.

“(It was) just about massage. Yeah, I don’t see anything going on because when we went there (it was) mostly women,” Royal Thai Restaurant owner Ramjum Eitel said.

Olson said the investigation is complex and far from over. He encouraged anyone who may have information on the massage parlors to call investigators.”

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