BRUNSWICK – Four city residents were among seven individual arrested last week in conjunction with an ongoing human trafficking investigation being conducted by local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
“We expect more arrests will coming over the next several weeks – and not just of the operators and the owners, but those who frequent these locations,” Greg Croft, of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, said July 31.
Croft said that in total, law enforcement officials raided 13 massage parlors July 31, including the Relax Massage Spa in the Center Road Kmart plaza.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the other locations affected include:
• Hua Nan Massage, Perkins Township
• Robust Asian Massage, Strongsville
• SC Relax Inc., Strongsville
• Sunny H. Reflex Inc., Broadview Heights
• Relax, Inc., Kent
• Lucky Jade LLC, Medina
• Ming Relax Inc., Lorain
• Bamboo Relaxing Massage Inc., Wooster
• W&D Relax Inc., Mansfield
• Sun GR Reflect Inc., Cleveland
• Sun GR Reflect Inc., Columbia Station
• Posh Massage Inc., Avon
This is the second time police have arrested individuals in connection with Brunswick’s Relax Massage Spa. The first incident took place in December 2016, at which time Yan Wang, of Brunswick, and Yang Gao, of Pico Rivera, Calif., were arrested by undercover officers on prostitution charges.
According to Brunswick Police, those arrests came after several complaints of alleged criminal activity occurring in the business.
As part of the recent investigation, two apartments and one home in Brunswick also were searched, resulting in the subsequent arrests of Jia Yue Dong, 42; Cui Rong Chen, 44; Fei Wang, 41; and Yan Wang, 41, all of Brunswick.
Three other individuals were arrested, including Robert Swartz, 50, of Copley; Chengqiang Yu, 48, of North Royalton; and Yulian Fu, 50, of North Royalton.
All seven individuals have been charged with promoting prostitution by both a Cuyahoga and Medina County grand jury.
"We will not turn a blind eye to criminal enterprises, such as this one," Major Gary Allen, Ohio Investigative Unit commander, said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our partners to hold those accountable for their roles in commercial sex businesses."
Investigators say the investigation has been underway for the past two years, saying they relied on tips as well as information gathered online from sites detailing some of the services.