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3A/12 fake massage businesses

  1. 1. Human TraffickingOverviewSex Trafficking in the U.S.Fake Massage BusinessesInternet BasedResidential BrothelsStreet ProstitutionHostess & Strip ClubsEscort ServicesTruck StopsLabor Trafficking in the U.S.Recognizing the SignsInternational TraffickingTrafficking FAQsState-by-State ResourcesCalendar of EventsThe NHTRC Human Trafficking Report a Tip Access Training Resources Map Get Involved ContactThis is a photo of one of the massage roomsin a fake massage business. It is estimatedthat a woman in a brothel has to have sexwith an average of 6 -10 men daily.It is estimated there are more than 5,000 fakemassage businesses nationwide.“We worked on a case of multiple fake massage businesses that were raided bythe federal authorities. The women were often offered legal jobs, but then wereforced into prostitution. Most of the women did not go outdoors for weeks at atime. Several were threatened with gang violence, and others were threatenedwith harm to their family members if they tried to leave. Some women were indebt bondage, and most had some type of sexual violence or coercion fromcustomers frequenting the brothels. All of them wanted to escape."– Bradley Myles, Executive Director and CEO, Polaris ProjectWomenfoundinbrothels disguisedas massage businesses typicallylive on-site where they are confinedandcoercedinto providingcommercial sex to 6 to 10 menaday, 7 days aweek. These locationsoperate as commercial-front brothels that claimto offer legalservices suchas massage, but they actually primarily providecommercial sex. The victims are most oftenAsianwomen, bothdocumentedandundocumented. These brothels frequently operateinstripmalls, office buildings, andsometimes, residential homes, inurban, suburbanandrural areas inalmost all 50 U.S. states.*Basedoncalls receivedby the National HumanTraffickingResource Center. Identifyingdetails have beenchangedto protect confidentiality.AyoungKoreanwomanwas brought into the U.S. whenshe was inherlate twenties. She was toldthat she hadtoworkat afake massage business andprovide commercial sex inorderto pay off anexorbitantsmugglingdebt. The youngwomanandthree otherKoreanwomenlivedonthe premises of thebrothel andwere closely monitoredby anolderKoreanwomaninherlate fifties. The youngwomenwere advertisedonline forcommercial sexual services. The youngwomanwantedto leave thebrothel anddidnot want to provide commercial sex, but because of herdebt to the businesss owner,she felt she couldnot leave.*When does it become trafficking?Fake massage businesses use force, fraud, and/or coerciontomaintaincontrol over the womenandto cause themto believe thatthey have no other choice but to provide commercial sex. Theseare oftenthe definingfeatures of asex traffickingsituation.Commonmeans of control usedinthese types of brothels alsoinclude:Force–Isolationandconfinement to the brothel;regular andfrequent transportationto other locations or other cities by driversworkingfor the traffickingnetwork;occasional physical or sexualabuse.Fraud –False promises of abetter life;false promises that ajob inmassage will be better thantheircurrent job;misrepresentationof the work, workingconditions, andimmigrationbenefits of the job;visafraud.Coercion –Victims oftenenter fake massage business networks withheavy debts whichare increasedFake Massage Businesses E-mail PrintShareSIGN UP BLOG SEARCH LOGINABOUT USABOUT US WHAT WE DOWHAT WE DO HUMAN TRAFFICKING TAKE ACTIONTAKE ACTION RESOURCESRESOURCES MEDIAMEDIA GIVEGIVEconverted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  2. 2. Top ResourcesHumanTraffickingNational HumanTraffickingResourceCenterSex TraffickingintheU.S.RecognizingtheSignsTheVictimsClient Quotesthroughexorbitant fees for food, personal items, transportation, “security,” andinterest –to pay offthis debt, victims are pressuredto “do whatever it takes to please the customer” to earntips;exploitationof aforeignnational domestic worker’s unfamiliarity withthe language, laws andcustomsof the U.S.;restrictions oncommunicationto family or others outside the network;threats ofdeportationandarrest;confiscationof passports andvisas;culture of loyalty;exploitationof victims’shame;rumors of or witnessedviolence at the hands of traffickers or police.*The above list is not comprehensive or cumulative. One element of force, fraud, or coercion may be present,or many.Vulnerabilities of the Individuals InvolvedExistingdebt -Financial needor indebtedness play animportant role inmost women’s entry into anAMP. Credit carddebt, immigrationdebt, or smugglingfees, or financial need, leave the womenvulnerable to recruiters, who appear to be offeringlegal jobs.ImmigrationStatus –Most of the womentraffickedinto brothels posingas massage businesses are notU.S. citizens, andmany do not have documentedstatus. Traffickers use the threat of deportationaswell as document confiscationto maintaincontrol of immigrant women. Without legal status, thewomenfrequently fear anddistrust police or government authorities. Immigrant womenarevulnerable due to language barriers, unfamiliarity withtheir legal rights inthe US, and/or the lack of alocal support network.Statistic Snapshot"Johns" who frequent fake massage businesses make it a"hobby" to buy sex andto track all suchbrothels nationwide. There are more than5,000 brothels disguisedas massage businessesnationwide.Standardpricingstructure:Johns pay ahouse fee of $60 -$90 per half hour or hour plus theyoccassionally pay tips;the womenare pressuredto "please the customer" inorder to receive tips.These unpredictable tips are the womens sole source of income to pay the numerous fees andinterest rates they are chargedby the network.Standardday for awomaninafake massage business:10am–2 or 3am, 7 days aweekEstimatedaverage number of menawomanmust have sex withdaily:6 -10For resources onhumantraffickinginfake massage businesses, click hereContactPolaris ProjectP.O. Box 53315Washington, D.C. 20009Tel: 202-745-1001Fax: 202-745-1119Email Polaris ProjectWhat We DoNational Human Trafficking HotlinePolicyAdvocacyClient ServicesTraining and TechnicalAssistancePublic Outreach and CommunicationsFellowship ProgramConnect Search Join Our NetworkPrivacy Policy | Copyright 2013 Polaris Project.Sitemap Loginsearch the site enter your emailMore Client Stories"Many things have changed forme since coming to PolarisProject. I now believe it’s nevertoo late to begin again."converted by Web2PDFConvert.com