Authorities say they have connected dozens of men to a major sex and human trafficking operation in Florida.
Nearly 50 men are now in police custody, and five spas have been raided.
Investigators in Indian River County announced the arrests of dozens of men Thursday, as they busted an ongoing sex and human trafficking organization hidden in plain sight.
Investigators said that victims were recruited at three different spas in the area to perform sex acts in exchange for money.
After receiving tips, investigators went undercover and conducted surveillance for months.
The investigation has now culminated in nearly 200 warrants served and dozens of men now facing charges.
Investigators said some of the spa managers and owners are also connected to two more spas in the state, including one in Orlando.
Now licenses are being pulled and the spas are being shut down.
Investigators said the investigation is far from over. More warrants are being prepared and more arrests are coming.
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You may be charged with human sex trafficking if you engage in certain kinds of sexual activity or benefit in any way from the sexual activity. These crimes can be prosecuted in both state and federal court. There are many types of crimes that fall under human sex trafficking and massage parlors, spas, and clubs are typically involved.
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