A few weeks ago, ATL Trafficking.com published a map of Metro Atlanta detailing dozens and dozens of confirmed sex trafficking dens passing themselves off as massage parlors. At that time, we congratulated the City of Johns Creek for having succeeded in shutting down all such “spas” within its jurisdiction.
We also noted that Forsyth County had inherited a significant problem because many of the closed Johns Creek spas had simply moved north to their jurisdiction.
However, Forsyth County has been very busy! In November of 2015, Forsyth adopted the famous “Johns Creek” ordinances as their own, and these ordinances went into effect this year. This January, the Forsyth Sheriff’s Department began proactively visiting massage parlors and reviewing the ordinances with each owner/manager to make sure every requirement was understood. (These ordinances are designed to protect legitimate spas and prevent sex trafficking.)
We are very happy to report that on Friday, March 11th, the Forsyth Sheriff’s Department rightly shut down 5 of these illegal brothels! The ones permanently shuttered were: the Sun Spa, Jasmine Sauna, BMB Sauna, Fine Touch Massage, & TOP/VIP Sauna.
The maps above are a visual comparison of the change in illegal activity before and after Forsyth conducted their operation. The blue shaded area shows the territory that Forsyth took back from these Asian gangs that traffick women all over our country! Continue reading