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Seattle Police “Rescue” 26 Sex Workers. But Did They Want to Be Rescued?

[floridaactioncommittee.org – 3/13/19]

The Seattle Police Department, along with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, say they arrested five people and “rescued 26 victims of sex trafficking” earlier this month during raids of nearly a dozen businesses in the Chinatown-International and Beacon Hill districts.

The Seattle Times broke the story last Friday, reporting that the owners of these so-called “massage parlors” were illegally selling sex acts and are suspected of recruiting women, mostly Chinese nationals, to come to the U.S. to work in them. Nearly 200 law enforcement officers and other personnel worked on this operation for over three years before the arrests were made, and the initial complaint came from a neighbor of one of the massage parlors in Beacon Hill, who reported that she saw men coming and going at odd hours. During the investigation, law enforcement worked to connect the local operations to what the Seattle Times called “a vast prostitution and money-laundering investigation, tying massage parlors and spas in Seattle to a sophisticated criminal network that brings Chinese women into the U.S. through hubs in California and New York and funnels millions of dollars back to China.” Police reportedly seized more than $120,000 in cash.

At a SPD press conference on Friday afternoon, Deputy Chief Marc Garthgreen said that the women were living in “squalid conditions” and that the business owners took a portion of their earnings for rent—which, according to the Seattle Times, was between $360 to $600 a month—as well food, travel, and other fees. Still, the women themselves seem to have made a bundle of money: The paper reported that “women working in the parlors can make $10,000 a month,” although they mentioned that one woman was
“forced” to repay her boss for a $1,200 cell phone that he bought for her.

In Florida, as in Seattle, no one has actually been charged with human trafficking, which could mean that these women weren’t actually trafficked against their will or their knowledge, they were just people trying to make a decent living.

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  1. NY won’t let go

    Funny story, I showed my wife these stories. She asked me if the men arrested were married. I didn’t know. She said “if they weren’t married then what’s the problem? Would they rather have a bunch of sexually frustrated men raping people?”

    In context, on this side of the world the manhood massage is part of the massage as it allows you to fully relax, I had opted out as I wasn’t comfortable with it. (According to the massage chain I had gone to which you book Groupons for)

  2. Will Allen

    A free country would never try to legislate morality. Big government has long been way out of control. Let’s make America a free country and get rid of harassers who can’t mind their own business or leave other families alone. Let’s get rid of them.

    • Jack

      Will, we’ve been legislating morality since 1885. This was the whole point of the social purity movement. No gays, abortion, prostitution. It’s all anti choice rhetoric.

  3. TS

    Seattle PD, WSP, KCSO, and Bellevue PD have been doing this for years in this manner on both sides of Lk Washington but just under prostitution not trafficking. It’s getting more attention now due to the trafficking effort but the Seattle International District and Beacon Hill area aren’t new to this even when the SeaTac strip was a big walker area. Oh, they always took this long in their investigations and did “thorough” work too.

  4. mike r

    “Still, the women themselves seem to have made a bundle of money: The paper reported that “women working in the parlors can make $10,000 a month,” although they mentioned that one woman was
    “forced” to repay her boss for a $1,200 cell phone that he bought for her.”

    Shit bet the women did not have a problem with it for sure. $10,000 a month for probably uneducated poor refugees that left a lot worse back in China. Probably saved or lifted their family members back home out of destitution or practical slavery. Oh so she had to pay back for a phone that probably cost about $1,200 bucks. Why in the hell even throw that part in there. Stupid……..

    “In Florida, as in Seattle, no one has actually been charged with human trafficking, which could mean that these women weren’t actually trafficked against their will or their knowledge, they were just people trying to make a decent living.”

    “The Seattle Police Department, along with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, say they arrested five people and “rescued 26 victims of sex trafficking” earlier this month during raids of nearly a dozen businesses in the Chinatown-International and Beacon Hill districts.”

    Fuc^&^%$%$ lying cops. Excuse my language but my god I am so tired of judges, DAs, AGs, cops, FBI, DHS, just all of them lying out their teeth to justify their little war games and money grabs. It is disgusting. It would be one thing that would not be such a worry if it was just one here or there doing it, but the fact that so many of them do it is just evidence of the systemic problem of corruption through this gov. Just like the scandal of the college bribes going on in the news, this is in everything across this country. It would take arresting well over half the government and major orgs to get to all the corrupted individuals scamming the sheeple.

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