WEST SENECA, N.Y. - Six local Asian spas are now closed after a months long investigation into prostitution and human trafficking.
The businesses are all located within the Towns of West Seneca, Lancaster, Cheektowaga and the Village of Depew.
Search warrants were executed on Monday at those locations and also at two apartment buildings used by the owners of the spas and the Asian women workers. Business records, immigration documents and about $45,000 in cash were among the items seized.
The two people operating the spas, who police say remain at large, have been charged with promoting prostitution.
The locations are:
-Eastern Cozy Spa, 1889 Union Rd., West Seneca
-Rising Sun Acupressure Therapy, 4038 Clinton St., West Seneca
-AAA Acupressure, 4976 Transit Rd., Lancaster
-Golden Spa, 4534 Clinton St., West Seneca
-VIP Green Spa, 5823 Transit Rd., Depew
-VIP Acupressure Spa, 3507 Union Rd., Cheektowaga
All of the female employees involved have been taken to safe houses until their immigration status can be determined.