Three arrested at Grants Pass massage parlor connected to prostitution, human trafficking

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Three people are arrested after police said a massage parlor was involved in prostitution and human trafficking. It all happened Thursday after an undercover officer went into the business confirming the suspensions.

Grants Pass’ Silk Road Massage Parlor busted by Grants Pass Police for human trafficking.

“We’ve had an ongoing investigation it just so happened we did an undercover operation that resulted in these arrests,” said Lt. Jeff Hattersley with the Grants Pass Police.

He said this was a year long investigation. Generally speaking, he said leaders of these types of establishments don’t act alone.

“Many massage parlors involved in human trafficking will rotate victims through different locations. When [the] police get wind that prostitution is going on all the sudden the victims are moved before the police can get in,” said Lt. Hattersley.

Police say there was only one victim at the time they arrested three people.

While Grants Pass’ Women’s Crisis Support Team was on standby that day, they told NBC5 News they weren’t called to the scene.

“Trafficking is real. Human trafficking, labor trafficking, sex trafficking it’s happening in Southern Oregon,” said Executive Director, Ray Dinkins said it’s important for our area to have resources for trafficking victims. Both in the initial response, which is what their agency does, and long-term resources for victims to work through their trauma.

The three people arrested are facing a number of charges including promoting prostitution.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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