What’s Current: Two dozen US massage schools linked to prostitution, funneling women into the sex trade

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  • A USA Today investigation finds two dozen massage schools are connected to prostitution or fraud. The report alleges some massage schools play a role in funneling licensed workers into illicit sex spas. Ahmos Netanel, the CEO of the California Massage Therapy Council, says:

“We have seen substantial evidence that indicates that human traffickers try to use fraudulent schools to support their operations. Specifically in the form of either purchasing diplomas or enrolling their victims in schools that do not provide the education they claim they actually provide.”

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Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.