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The owner of a Harrison Avenue spa and three other massage parlors in the Boston area was arrested yesterday on human-trafficking charges related to the sexual services her workers allegedly offered male customers, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports.
They then turned her over to police in Arlington so she could be arraigned today in Cambridge District Court on charges of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution and procuring support for prostitution, the DA's office reports. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that after she's arraigned on those charges, she'll face similar charges in Boston. Six women workers, identified as "victims," were found in the four spas, in Chinatown, Stoneham, Arlington and Dracut, the Middlesex DA's office reports.
In addition to raiding the four massage parlors, police also searched Zheng's apartment on Maple Place in Chinatown, around the corner from the Rose Health Spa. Over the course of their investigation police learned that male clients were allegedly being offered, and accepting additional services of a sexual nature following their scheduled massage for an additional fee.
Investigators subsequently learned that Zheng was allegedly the person in charge of the day-to-day operations of the massage parlors and that, as part of running the business, she schedules appointments and has transported employees from Boston to the massage parlors for work.
Zheng was also allegedly paying the massage therapists a minimal fee and keeping the rest of the money for the services they performed. It was so obviously shady that it was only a matter of time.