On March 13th, 2013

ABC Agents At Work: Massage Parlor Sweep

Growing concern about the increasing number of massage parlors in Huntington Beach and what might be happening inside prompted several local law enforcement agencies to team up with Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents for undercover inspections.  The result?  Ten people were arrested on charges surrounding pimping or prostitution.

In addition to the arrests, authorities found 50 code violations including uncertified masseuses and masseuses providing services without being fully dressed.

"Our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are agents with ABC are an incredible resource for local law enforcement agencies trying to clean up activity that makes neighborhoods so troublesome and undesirable," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.

The Huntington Beach police chief has expressed concern that some of the massage parlors may be involved in human trafficking. 

"Many people are unaware of the scope of our jobs," said California Association of Special Investigators (CASI) President and ABC Agent Kevin Highbaugh. "It's not uncommon for us to team up with local law enforcement officers to combat, along with alcohol misuse, drugs, prostitution and violence."

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