She walked away after five years, wrote a book about her experience and also runs Bags of Hope, a Boston-based ministry that helps women who have been trafficked or are dealing with addiction or homelessness. Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of the American landscape for decades, hidden in plain sight. In one recent case, a year-old woman was charged with running a lucrative human trafficking and money laundering operation across six Asian massage parlors in the suburbs north of Boston. Tucked into a pedestrian strip mall in an affluent oceanside community, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa employed mostly Chinese immigrant women and was linked to at least nine other storefronts from Palm Beach to Orlando. Something is broken in there for these men.
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Hundreds of male customers, including Kraft, also face minor soliciting prostitution violations. The Department of Justice said federal sex trafficking legislation enacted last year empowers states to go after problematic sites. Ford full-year profit plunges on slower sales, pension costs. At the city and county level, codes limiting operating hours for massage parlors or banning features like buzzer-controlled front doors and back-door entrances have been used in recent years to shutter hundreds of storefronts in San Francisco, San Jose and other parts of California.