LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A San Gabriel woman accused of using her two massage parlors for sex trafficking was arrested this week following a three-month investigation.
Fifty-seven-year-old Mei Xing operated her massage parlors as illegal brothels, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports.
She was taken into custody Wednesday when the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce raided her two businesses. They were identified as Royal Massage/Garvey Therapy, located in the 9600 block of Garvey Avenue in South El Monte, and Rose Spa/Beauty Laser Massage, located in the 2800 block of Peck Road in El Monte.
Investigators also raided Xing’s home in the 300 Block of Newby Avenue in San Gabriel.
Several women who worked at the parlors had been forced into commercial sex work by Xing, the sheriff’s department said.
The task force began investigating the two businesses in July. Investigators are also looking into whether Xing laundered money through her businesses.
Xing was booked on human trafficking charges and released after posting $100,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 16.
Anyone who may have been a victim of her organization is asked to call the LASD Human Trafficking Bureau at 323-526-5156.