Authorities are continuing to investigate a Detroit Road massage parlor, one of 13 Northeast Ohio businesses and three homes police raided July 31 for prostitution and commercial sex-trafficking activities, police said Friday.
Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit and the U.S. Secret Service entered the Posh Massage building at 11:30 a.m. and spent several hours collecting evidence that showed its involvment in prostitution and illegal sex activities during the last two years, said Greg Croft, the OIU agent in charge of the Cleveland office.
No arrests were made. The only person in the building at 37300 Detroit during the raid was a female worker, who was questioned and released, Croft said.
“It is one of the places where people were paying for illegal sexual activities,” Croft said. “It’s not the type of activity people want going on in their cities.”
Agents also raided two other Lorain County parlors — Ming Relax, in Lorain, and Sun GR Reflect in Columbia Station. Police also raided two massage parlors in Strongsville and one each in Broadview Heights and Cleveland.
Seven people have been indicted in Cuyahoga and Medina counties on charges of promoting prostitution as a result of the investigation, Croft said. Additional charges might be brought, including ones relating to the Avon location, Croft said.
“We’ve been investigating this series of illegal activity since 2017,” Croft said. “It was at all the locations we went into with the search warrants.”
The investigation began after police got a tip that there was illegal sexual activity going on at a Perkins Township massage parlor in 2017.
“When we began looking into it, we found that there was more than one business involved in this type of activity throughout the region,” Croft said.
Law enforcement officials began putting all the information together to form a coordinated plan for dealing with the different locations, Croft said.
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