WAUKESHA -- Waukesha police say "several arrests" have been made, and evidence was seized from three massage parlors and a home in connection with an ongoing investigation into possible criminal behavior occurring inside.
Police said there's been an extensive investigation after information was provided to the Waukesha Police Department anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Waukesha County regarding possible prostitution and human trafficking.
According to police, the investigation verified some of the information from these complaints, which led to search warrants being issued for three businesses and one related residence.
As a result, several arrests were made and evidence was seized.
The affected locations are:
- Sweet Thai Massage -- 127 W. Sunset Drive
- Far East Healing Spa -- 1405 Summit Avenue
- Lilac Massage -- 2442 N. Grandview Boulevard
- Home in the 500 block N. Moreland Boulevard
Police said four women were arrested on Monday, December 12th after an investigation that began several months ago. They were arrested on charges of keeping a house of prostitution.
This investigation included an undercover detective going inside these massage parlors to see what would happen.
Police are accusing the women arrested of being involved in prostitution.
Police said they received numerous complaints about these businesses, which advertised services on "Backpage.com."
"The girls we arrested were all from China. Men would go into the parlors and there were many people who would go in for regular massages. Some, however, would offer extra money, cash tips for sexual favors, sexual activity. We arrested them and brought them back here. The investigation was slowed down because there's a language issue. They speak mainly Mandarin and not English and that slowed our investigation down a little bit," Sgt. Jerry Habanek with the Waukesha Police Department said.
Waukesha police used a Chinese interpreter to interview the women, and the investigation is ongoing.
Brian Frederick told FOX6 News a friend of his wanted a regular sports massage at Sweet Thai Massage in Waukesha.
"It turned out to be a little more than a massage. He just said 'no thanks' and got the heck out of there," Frederick said.
Those who work at a convenience store near one of the massage parlors said they noticed how the women there dressed.
"Short shorts, tank tops, crop tops," one of the convenience store employees said.
On Monday, one of the women came into the convenience store as police investigated.
"They're trying to call China. They wanted to use our phone to call China," one of the convenience store employees said.
The massage parlors now appear to have closed.