Crime & Safety
Six Shawnee Co. Spas raided in suspect of human trafficking activities
TOPEKA, KS- Multiple suspects included in human trafficking activities are taken into custody after the Police served six warrants in different spas in the Shawnee County area.
Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said that Shawnee County Sheriff Brian Hill and Topeka Police Chief Bryan Wheeles assisted in the search of multiple spa salons in Shawnee County.
Kagay said that the task force led several multi-agency criminal investigations. The investigations resulted in the execution of search warrants at six separate locations.
The deputies identified five victims and made three arrests.
He said that this is a recently formed task force which will focus on 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
Three people were identified and arrested. Chengzhu Lu, Xue Bai, And Hong Gao were charged with selling sexual relations and promoting the sale of sexual relations.
The investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information about the locations or investigations should contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at 785-251-4TIP.