Illicit Massage Industry

Field Support impact assessment

This impact assessment of a partnership with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office describes Heyrick’s value added via our Field Support service.

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Data

Chinese Employment Agencies and the IMI

U.S.-based Chinese employment agencies identify domestic jobs for Chinese nationals seeking employment in the US. A number of Chinese victim workers first reported learning about the IMI from these agencies. We assess that sustained engagement and improved monitoring of these agencies could potentially impede IMI sourcing tactics.

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COVID-19

IMI Remains Largely Intact After Weathering COVID-19

Barring the reinstatement of country-wide non-essential business closures, we assess the illicit massage industry (IMI) remains well-positioned for a return to normal operations by mid-to-late 2020. We judge that the relatively short duration of recent business closures was likely insufficient to significantly undermine IMI finances writ-large...

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Illicit Massage Industry

The Backdrop of Atlanta: Ignoring Illicit Massage Businesses Perpetuates Worker Vulnerability

While the tragic events of March 16 in Atlanta further exposed the Illicit Massage Industry (IMI) to the world, press coverage understandably focused on the shooting victims rather than the illicit nature of the businesses...

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