Neighborhood Massage Parlors: Front for Sex Trafficking?
February 28, 2019
Hosted by Opal Singleton
The recent arrest of the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, is bringing to light the sordid underground world of local neighborhood massage parlors where women from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and other countries are lured to the U.S., often with legal visas, with promises of a better life, and then forced into modern day slavery by human traffickers. The Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where Mr. Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution, is now the focus of a large-scale sex trafficking investigation by the Jupiter (Florida) Police Department. The investigation was triggered by "numerous complaints" by concerned citizens, as well as online reviews. According to police, the victims averaged eight clients a day. They were forced to live in the spas for days, sometimes months, "for the purpose of sexual servitude." Many of them came from China on temporary work visas, believing they'd get legitimate jobs in the U.S.
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This program is designed to educate first responders, civic leaders, social workers, education professionals, faith based leaders and parents about how predators access, groom, recruit and exploit victims into prostitution and sextortion. We analyze real cases from the perspective of Law Enforcement, the victim, and the perpetrator. We look at hard core trafficking cases and how law enforcement is able to intervene. We examine cases of child pornography and the Dark Web. We examine how predators use apps, chatrooms, games and the latest technologies. We discuss the impact of gangs and cartels on human exploitation. We also look at trends in global human trafficking. Our goal is to build a global interactive community of individuals empowered to eradicate human exploitation.
Opal Singleton is a global human trafficking and child pornography expert. She has trained tens of thousands of first responders, government and civic leaders, faith based leaders and education administrators about how predators groom and recruit innocent victims into prostitution and exploitation. Opal works with the Riverside County (CA) Anti Human Trafficking Task Force through a Department of Justice grant. Opal sits with parents of missing kids and assists teens in trouble through social media. Opal is the President and CEO of Million Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking. She has authored a book “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers” to educate parents and grandparents and educators about how predators use apps, chatrooms, online video gaming and social media to exploit young people. Opal is on the Board of Rapha House serving human trafficking victims in Cambodia, Thailand and Haiti. She is an Instructor for the USC Sol Price Institute for Safe Communities training law enforcement administrators and is an Instructor for the Los Angeles Fire Training Academy. Opal retired in 2000 after a lifelong career in international marketing having accrued nearly three million frequent flyer miles. Opal is passionate about protecting families and youth from predators and is dedicated to providing an in-depth global interactive internet training program to educate leaders around the world to stop human exploitation and trafficking.