An initiative by the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force has resulted in 17 charges against individuals at nearly two-dozen massage parlors in Northern Virginia.
Police and officials from local, state and federal agencies teamed up for the simultaneous inspections Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to a Fairfax County Police Department release.
The charges were primarily related to business and massage licensure issues. During the inspections, representatives from the Polaris Project, a nationwide network that works against human trafficking, were on hand to interview potential human trafficking victims. None were found.
Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, the Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Prince William County Police Department, Herndon Police and zoning compliance, Vienna Police and Fairfax County zoning, code compliance, regulation and licensing were all present. Fire marshall officials also participated.
Twenty-three businesses were checked, and officials tried to check 38 others. As investigations continue, officials may file more charges.
Charges were filed against individuals at the following businesses:
VIP Spa, 462 Herndon Pkwy., Herndon
Herndon Therapy, 201 Elden St., Herndon
Silver Rain, 2238 Gallows Rd., Vienna
G&G Wellness Center, 8460 Tyco Rd., Vienna
Sunrise, 6051 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
Crown Therapy, 4605 Pinecrest Office Park Dr., Alexandria
Liberty, 4810 Beauregard St., Alexandria
Last month, Patch ran a three-part series on issues surrounding massage parlors and human trafficking in the area.