North side massage parlor shut down on suspicion of human trafficking, prostitution

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A north side massage parlor has been shut down by Franklin County Sheriffs under suspicion of prostitution and human trafficking.

Purple Clouds Spa, located at 5322 North High St., was raided and closed Friday.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s special investigations unit began investigating the spa in February for potential prostitution and human trafficking after finding the business listed on Rub Maps, which is known by investigators to list Asian spas and review the “best establishments to visit for possible sexual favors.” 

According to court documents, investigators found that sexual conduct in exchange for money was occurring regularly at the spa, beginning in February and lasting through last week.

The spa is the second time in two months City Attorney Zach Klein and Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin teamed up to use shut down a potential human trafficking ring operating out of local massage parlors.

“We’re going to continue aggressively going after these businesses that really are nothing more than illegal fronts for human trafficking and prostitution,” Klein said according to a press release. 

“Today’s action is the culmination of the great work done, once again, by our special investigations unit over the past several months,” Baldwin said according to a press release. “I am proud of their accomplishment.”

Representatives from Asian American Community Services were on site to assist any of the workers who were in need of help, according to the press release.

In April, a judge granted the joint task force’s request to board up the Sunflower Asian Spa on the city’s far west side.

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