Oct 31, 2013 11:55 AM
ROCKPORT - Federal agents worked with local police departments in carrying out raids on a suspected prostitution and human trafficking ring with ties to spas in Rockport, Victoria and Houston.
Police arrested Shaoyun Qu, owner of the Q Spa in Rockport, on Tuesday. He's facing a charge of aggravated promotion of prostitution. Police say illegal Chinese immigrants were forced into prostitution and believe they worked out of the Rockport location.
Two women at the shop, Sixui Li and Jiani Lui are accused of engaging in organized criminal activity.
The federal investigation began when the Victoria Police Department received tips that the foot spa was offering illegal services.
All three spas were raided yesterday afternoon. One Rockport business owner who saw the whole thing says it was a scary sight.
"All of a sudden there were some unmarked Suburbans pulled up. And a group of people, probably 10 or 12, jumped out with weapons drawn and ran into the foot massage and body massage shop," said Jim Landgrebe.
He says when he finally found out why the spa was being raided, he couldn't believe it. "This was a legitimate massage parlor. I've known some people that went in for massages and they said they did an excellent job."
We're told someone was paid $30,000 to $40,000 to move women from China, to Mexico, then to the United States where they were allegedly forced into prostitution.
The neighboring business owner never suspected anything illegal was going on next door.
As of now, nine different agencies are involved with this investigation, including the FBI and Homeland Security.