Joint Task Force Serves Search Warrant At Medford Massage Parlor during Multi-State Human Trafficking Organization Investigation (Photo)
MPD Case #21-18375
MEDFORD, Ore. – A joint inter-agency law enforcement task force served a search warrant at a Medford massage parlor Wednesday afternoon, uncovering evidence of human trafficking and alleged prostitution. The business, “Six Star Massage” on the 500 block of Stevens St. in Medford is allegedly part of a multi-state human trafficking organization. Medford Police Department (MPD) detectives alongside the Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force served the search warrant at the business.
A year-long investigation led the task force to the business after it was reportedly involved in illicit sexual activity and human trafficking. The business is associated with massage parlors throughout Oregon, California, and Arizona. Investigators are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing. Additional search warrants have been served at related massage businesses in Eugene, Grants Pass and Arizona.
Digital devices were seized, and will be forensically examined by the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for evidence of sex trafficking and prostitution. Community Works, a local domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking resource center, provided the human trafficking victims with safe housing, emotional support, basic necessities and advocacy.
SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, MPD, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County. Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives assisted with the operation. There is no further information available at this time.
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