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Multiple human trafficking suspects taken into custody after warrants served at six Shawnee Co. spas

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Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 4:15 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Multiple human trafficking suspects have been taken into custody after warrants were served at six spas in the Shawnee Co. area.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay says Shawnee Co. Sheriff Brian Hill and Topeka Police Chief Bryan Wheeles assisted in the execution of multiple search warrants at local massage and spa businesses in Shawnee Co.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Kagay said the task force led several multi-agency criminal investigations, one of which started over a year ago. The investigations resulted in the execution of search warrants at six separate locations within Shawnee Co.

Kagay said the searches led to the identification of five victims and three arrests.

He says the sting was the work of a recently formed task force, which will continue to address human trafficking in the community.

“I think the message that we should send to the community is that this really is a focus for us,” said Kagay. We did a press conference, we made an announcement, but that’s really letting people know that this is what we’re doing.” “This isn’t going away, our focus isn’t going away until the problem goes away.”

Members of the Kaw Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force executed warrants at the following businesses:

  • Oriental Health Spa - 2611 SW 21st Street
  • Healing Massage - 4209 SW 21st Street
  • Moon Spa - 3124 SW 29th Street
  • Rising Sun Asian Massage Spa - 5123 SW 29th Street
  • Healing Star Massage - 5501 SW 29th Street
  • Rainbow Massage - 5219 SW 7th Street

The investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information about the locations or investigations should contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at 785-251-4TIP.

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