Tonawanda News


September 28, 2012



Tonawanda News —

The business apparently did not have a formal name, with a few words stuck to the front window indicating it was a massage parlor. 

Hall said he believes the women were living in the rear portion of the building, where a kitchen was set up and several other rooms were constructed without a building permit. 

"It's not really an apartment," Hall said. "There were four separate booths in there, they put a bathroom with a shower in and there was food and personal effects. You could probably assume they were living there." 

Police have also conferred with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who confirmed that the women entered the country legally. Investigators are also probing the possibility of human trafficking as federal authorities investigate the possibility of servitude agreements made in China. 

The women are being held at the North Tonawanda Police Department in lieu of $750 bail each. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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