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They are near Boston massage parlour shops, coffee shops and schools — massage parlors that are offering more than just a massage. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says they are in the business of selling sex. Patriots owner Robert Kraft stands accused of soliciting prostitution from such a massage parlor in Florida. He denies the charges. But lost in the headlines of the Florida arrests are the stories of the victims, the girls and women forced into prostitution. After the Kraft arrest, the NBC10 Boston Investigators started digging and found similar situations in Massachusetts, Boston massage parlour in plain sight.
One Massachusetts woman agreed to tell her story with the hope of bringing awareness to what she says is everyone's role in perpetuating or preventing sex trafficking. She says she remembers the first time a minister from Northborough, Massachusetts, came to her camp. She says the minister promised her an education and told her parents that "he would treat me like his daughter and that I was really too smart to stay in the village.
Landing in Massachusetts at age 14, she went from a refugee camp in Tibet to a victim of international sex trafficking. He told me, 'No one will believe you, even the school. Meston later testified at the trial of the minister. He was convicted of rape and indecent assault and battery in He spent four years in prison. Of the nearly girls helped by My Life, My Choice, a Boston non-profit that helps get girls out of sex trafficking, many are American-born.
Police raids have rescued girls who were being forced to engage in sex for money from massage parlors in Beverly, Medford, Lynn and Quincy. Of the girls that My Life, My Choice has helped, the average age is 14, and 85 percent are part of the state's child welfare system. The estimated billion-dollar illicit sex business is fueled in part by websites like RubMaps, a literal guide to places allegedly offering sex for money.
The website publishes reviews, in graphic detail, of what is supposedly happening inside certain massage parlors. According to the reviews, parlors in Massachusetts are offering or have offered sex services. Each review explains the sex acts allegedly available and how much to tip for sex, giving readers in-depth details of the experience. NBC10 Boston investigators used mapping software and found 35 of the listed massage parlors were located 1, feet or less from schools.
Police say their investigations of these parlors is difficult because the women often fear deportation, and many don't speak English. Healey has made prosecuting sex trafficking a priority.
She has created a special unit that includes five state troopers and attorneys, among other staff, and has prosecuted more than 50 cases in Boston massage parlour last few years. That has stopped, and the focus is now on those who are buying commercial sex.
Years after her ordeal, Meston has finally found peace. She now owns Karma, a fair trade gift store in Newton that features gifts made in her home country. Meston wonders how no one noticed what was happening to her.
After all, she attended school and went to the minister's church. She even cleaned the church every day. What to Know Hidden in plain sight in Massachusetts and across the U. The estimated billion-dollar illicit sex business is fueled Boston massage parlour websites like RubMaps, a guide to places allegedly offering sex for money.
According to the reviews on RubMaps, parlors in Massachusetts are offering or have offered sex services. Local In-depth news coverage of the Greater Boston Area. Block Island 45 mins ago.
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