The following editorial appeared in The Fayetteville Observer:
This, more than anything else, explains why it’s going to be so hard to control the blight of human trafficking that is afflicting Fayetteville: The money is huge.
The Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Huaan Xie was using The Oasis Spa as a massage parlor that promoted prostitution of women of Chinese descent.
Four women from the spa, investigators say, appear to be victims of human trafficking. Kelly Twedell, director of a Fayetteville nonprofit that fights trafficking, said the women, in their 40s and 50s, “were forced to live in the back of that massage parlor.”
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A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said this case was typical. “The hub Fayetteville is in,” Sgt. Sean Swain said, “the girls would be rotated between Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Florence, Myrtle Beach and then, depending on how big the organization is, drop down to Atlanta and go up to New York. That’s the circle we have found locally in the prostitution portion of it.”
And this is why it will be so hard to stop: The money is really big. Investigators say The Oasis Spa was generating about $1.3 million a year. Multiply that by all the similar operations in cities across the country. This is going to be a tough rot to cure.
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