Working with Indianapolis to shut down six illicit massage businesses


Over the past year, we've been working with law enforcement and service providers to build a national safety net for survivors. We began working with different stakeholders in Indiana in the spring of this year—right around the same time that law enforcement had begun to investigate tips on two or three potential illicit businesses. This month, we were thrilled to see that work in action: the Indianapolis metropolitan police shut down six illicit massage businesses around the city, identifying and assisting several survivors.

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