BPD conducts search after prostitution, human trafficking complaints

BPD bust scene (CBS42 / Phillip Ohnemus)
BPD bust scene (CBS42 / Phillip Ohnemus)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A spa in east Birmingham is closed tonight and seven people are in police custody.

Birmingham’s Vice Narcotics team raided VIP Spa on Parkway East following complaints in the community that the business was selling more than back rubs.

Four women were found inside along with three men. Officers on the scene tell CBS42 they had surveillance on the business for quite some time. For neighboring businesses, Wednesday’s raid came as a surprise.

The FBI has been brought in to investigate if the women working inside were being forced to prostitute themselves as part of a human trafficking ring.

Arthur Smith, Tong Sun, Sun Burris, Sam Farlow, Yung Lee, Randall Hadaway and Chi Searles were all arrested during the raid.

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