FBI raids 20 massage parlors across state


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Federal agents Tuesday executed search warrants at multiple massage parlors across the state, including one in Grand Rapids.

Twenty spas across the state were raided, four of which in West Michigan.

24 Hour News 8 was there as federal agents served a warrant at the Rainbow Health Spa at 2913 Eastern St. SE in Grand Rapids.

FBI officials also said that LA Spa at 5811 E. Grand River Avenue in Portland, Mich. was raided. Also targeted was a spa in Kalamazoo and a fourth West Michigan location that 24 Hour News 8 was not able to learn.

A federal investigator told 24 Hour News 8 there is a human trafficking aspect involved in their investigation.

Potential victims at some of the raids have been brought in for interviews, investigators said, but no arrests were made.

The LA Spa in Portland has been in the news before. In 2011, arrests were made there connected to prostitution. At the time, the Ionia County sheriff said he feared there were more serious problems at the spa.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service aided the FBI Tuesday.

 

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