Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Thursday October 25th, 2018 :: 11:00 a.m. PDT

Advisory

#LASD Human Trafficking Bureau - Massage Parlor Arrest

In July of 2018, Detectives from the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce began an investigation into allegations that two San Gabriel Valley massage businesses and a single residence, were operating as illicit prostitution brothels.  Employees at the locations were reportedly trafficked and forced into commercial sex work by the female owner of the businesses.  During the investigation, Detectives revealed evidence that financial crimes including money laundering may also be taking place.
 
On October 23, 2018, search warrants were served at the involved locations and evidence consistent with commercial sex work was found at each location.  Mei Xing FA/57 (AKA “Anna”) a resident of San Gabriel, was arrested as she left one of the locations.  She was booked at East Los Angeles Station for Human Trafficking charges. 
 
Several women, discovered at the locations were interviewed as potential trafficking victims and referred to Victim Service Providers for additional services.
 
Mei Xing was released on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on November 16, 2018, at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
 
These incidents occured at:


300 Block Newby Avenue, San Gabriel (Residence)

9600 Block Garvey Avenue, South El Monte (Royal Massage / Garvey Therapy)
 






2800 Block Peck Road, El Monte (Rose Spa / Beauty Laser Massage)
 
Anyone who may have been victimized within this organization or with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Nick Stewart at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking Bureau at (323) 526-5156 or the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking hotline at 888-539-2373.
 
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
 
The operation included task force partners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.), the District Attorney’s Office (LADA), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Unified School Police (LAUSD), State Parole, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), and the Department of Children and Family Services.
 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force.  The Task Force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor.
 
The LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim centered, trauma informed approach.  The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers.
 
Federal
United States Attorney’s Office
Homeland Security Investigations (ICE)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Marshals Service
United States Department of Labor 
State
California Attorney General
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (State Parole)
California Employment Development Department
California Highway Patrol
County
LA County Sheriff’s Department
LA County District Attorney’s Office (DA & DA Investigator)
Department of Children and Family Services
LA County Probation Department
LA County Department of Public Health 
City
Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department
Pomona Police Department 
Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office
Non-Government/Community Based Organizations
Alafia Mental Health
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Human Trafficking Legal Network
iEmpathize
Journey Out
Northridge Hospital Center for Assault Services
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
Saving Innocence
The Guardian Group (Hotel/Motel Outreach, Education and Signage)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Clergy Council
Pet Prescriptions Therapy Dog Program
Demand Abolition Cease Network
Restoration Diversion Services
Virtuous Women Inc.
Zoe International
 
Written by:
Kent Wegener, Captain
Human Trafficking Bureau
4700 Ramona Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-526-5156


Forwarded by:
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 
Hall of Justice - First floor  
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-229-1700
Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org
Recruitment LASD: http://www.careers.lasd.org 
Follow LASD HQ via Text and Email: http://www.Nixle.com
https://nixle.com/lasd---los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/  
Twitter: @LASDHQ http://twitter.com/LASDHQ
Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk
Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos
Twitter: @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol
Facebook LASD HQ http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment
Instagram LASD Photos: http://instagram.com/LASDHQ 
Pinterest LASD Photos : http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/
YouTube LASD Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0
Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system
https://www.lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la/ 
Text & Email, Register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for "Nixle" alerts at http://www.Nixle.com and register for "LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept Information Bureau (SIB)" AND your local LASD station area. Or, to receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

"If You See Something, Say Something"
LA Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 
 

Address/Location
LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
211 E Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 213-229-1700

Navigate & Discover