A 57-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking following a three-month investigation into allegations that two massage businesses and a home in the San Gabriel Valley were operating as brothels, authorities said Thursday.
Employees at Royal Massage and Garvey Therapy in the 9600 block of Garvey Avenue in South El Monte, Rose Spa and Beauty Laser Massage in the 2800 block of Peck Road in El Monte and at a home in the 300 block of Newby Avenue in San Gabriel, were allegedly being trafficked and forced into commercial sex work by the female owner of the business, according to Lt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau.
On Tuesday, search warrants were served at the three locations and evidence consistent with commercial sex work was found at each location, Wegener said.
Deputies arrested Mei Xing of San Gabriel as she left one of the locations and booked her at the East Los Angeles Station on suspicion of human trafficking, Wegener said.
Several women found at the locations were interviewed as potential trafficking victims and referred to Victim Service Providers for additional services, Wegener said.
Detectives also discovered evidence that financial crimes, including money laundering, may also be taking place, Wegener said.
Xing was released on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned on Nov. 16.