Task force busts Grants Pass massage parlor for alleged prostitution and possible human trafficking

Law enforcement arrested or cited several people during a raid at the Silk Road Massage parlor in Grants Pass on suspicion of prostitution and human trafficking.

Posted: Oct 22, 2021 3:35 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 3:41 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A multi-agency task force raided a Grants Pass massage parlor on Thursday, arresting or citing several people for alleged prostitution and human trafficking.

Officials said that this was a Grants Pass Police Department investigation into commercial sexual solicitation at the Silk Road Massage parlor, located in the 1500-block of NE 7th Street in Grants Pass.

The raid involved a combined force of Grants Pass detectives, the Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team (RADE). While this was initially a prostitution investigation, police said that human trafficking concerns came up during the investigation.

During the raid, officers arrested 58-year-old Wei Zhang of Grants Pass, charged with promoting prostitution. 41-year-old Kul Assavaphoom, also of Grants Pass, was cited for prostitution and released. A customer, 52-year-old Yhang Zhao, was found to have a US Marshals warrant out of Virginia and was lodged in jail. Police said that the business is owned by 48-year-old Min Zhang of Grants Pass.

"We greatly value our community partnerships and would like to thank the Women’s Crisis Support Team in Grants Pass who assisted with victim advocacy," police said in a statement.

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