The couple, both of them attorneys, searched for a place where Robinson could get a massage shortly before they headed back north.
When their initial choices said they didn’t have availabilities, Robinson ended up at a Tabernacle Street parlor where many of the city’s older homes have been converted to office businesses.
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A month later, they arrested two women — one for prostitution, the other for practicing without a license — at two other massage parlors after an undercover sting involving several state agencies. Mark Watson said charges related to human trafficking were expected after the May sting. Widespread on both coasts, massage parlors have sprouted up across Iowa, triggering undercover stings, occasional arrests for prostitution, questions about zoning and licensing requirements, and concerns about human trafficking.
Some parlors appear to be legitimate businesses, law enforcement say.
Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Massage Therapist Name and State License number: MM#31398.Xiao Zhang, the woman arrested for prostitution, was given a deferred judgment; Zemei Guo was fined for practicing without a license, she said."Can I rule human trafficking out completely? Arrests for prostitution or for working without a massage license have been made in the past three years in Ames, Johnston, Marion, Mason City, the Quad Cities, Sioux City, Urbandale and West Des Moines.Kellie Markey, founder of Dorothy’s House, a Des Moines rehabilitation house for women and girls recovering from human trafficking, said human trafficking of women who work at massage parlors is happening in every corner of the state. "If you live in the metro, it’s happening within three miles of your front door.”Markey said Iowa now has some of the best laws in the country to combat sex trafficking.Like nail shops or bodegas, the parlors can be a pathway to financial stability for new immigrants, many from China.Others discreetly offer sex for money, though those transactions can be hard to catch.George Police, working with federal Homeland Security Investigations agents, had made arrests at the location, identified as Massage Therapy, as well as a handful of other local massage businesses, alleging the employees were operating without state licenses and providing illegal sexual services on the side.“Once I got there, I realized it was kind of a sketchy place. It was in a nicer part of town, so I wasn’t thinking that (would be a problem),” Robinson said Friday.