Police shut down two massage parlors on suspicion of human trafficking

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire police have shut down two massage parlors on suspicion of human trafficking.

Police say the license holder for both parlors Lucky Massage on North Hastings Way and Angel Massage on Menomonie Street has been arrested for keeping a place of prostitution.

Police say it is an active and ongoing criminal investigation into human trafficking and possible issues with the physical conditions of the buildings. A search warrant was served at both parlors and a private residence.

"A lot of times that employer does turn into the trafficker and it may be part of a bigger network of illicit massage parlors throughout the nation," said Cat Jacob of Fierce Freedom.

Fierce Freedom advocates say this is an ongoing problem.

"People are being targeted a little bit of everywhere and people are definitely being targeted here," said survivor advocate, Tia-Janae Johnson.

Johnson says there are a few suspicious signs to look for at a massage parlor, like dark shades on windows, a parlor name that may insinuate something else or people who are speaking another language besides English.

Police are not commenting on possible victims at this time, but do say they are adults.

The license holder is expected to appear in court Thursday.

You can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.