Yesterday, the Azusa Police Department partnered with the City of Azusa Code Enforcement Division, California Employment Development Department, Department of Industrial Relations, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Major Crimes Bureau (Licensing Unit) to conduct a Massage Parlor Operation within the City of Azusa.
The police department had received complaints that some massage parlors within the city may be offering sexual services to customers in addition to massages. After learning of the complaints, Azusa PD detectives solicited the help of outside agencies with specific expertise in massage parlor operations, to develop and execute this administrative compliance detail.
During the operation, six locations were inspected. The intent of the operation was to verify compliance of state, county and city laws and regulations in regards to the operation of massage parlors. Another component of the operation was to determine if any victims of human trafficking were associated with the massage parlors.
No victims of human trafficking were located, however numerous citations were issued for violations of various Azusa municipal codes, along with workers compensation, insurance, or minimum wage violations. Some of the businesses involved face fines of several thousand dollars each. These investigations are ongoing, so none of the businesses are being identified. Additional administrative inspections of this nature are expected in the future.
The Azusa Police Department is committed to investigating crimes associated with these types of businesses. Anyone with information about these kinds of crimes should contact the Azusa Police Department at (626) 812-3200. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may click on the anonymous tip logo at the top of our website.