OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Oakland say 18 people face dozens of felony charges, including pimping, after several massage parlors were shut down during a series of early-morning raids.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said Friday the arrests came after federal, state and local law enforcement officers shut down 13 massage parlors in Oakland, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Hayward that they allege were operating as brothels.
O'Malley says the suspects face more than 100 felonies including pimping, pandering, tax evasion and other labor code violations. She said in addition to the illegal sex trafficking, there was also numerous instances of money laundering that could involve millions of dollars.
Authorities say the arrests topped off a six-month investigation.
O'Malley says many of the suspects will make their first court appearance Tuesday.