Seattle, WA – IMI Case Study

ResearchSeattle, WA – IMI Case Study

On February 28, 2019, after a three-year investigation, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) raided eleven massage parlors, arresting five owners/operators, and freeing 26 victim workers. The takedown focused on the Chinatown-International district, Beacon Hill and Sodo. Six people were charged with varying counts of promoting prostitution and money laundering. Police seized firearms and $120,000 in cash. All of the arrestees and the victims were Chinese nationals.

Case Study
Illicit Massage Industry
Law Enforcement

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