Two Virginia Beach massage parlors were raided by police last week.
Six women who police say were part of a prostitution ring being run out of the massage parlors were arrested on Wednesday morning, along with the owner of the stores.
“It’s great that they’ve been busted, but at the same time it is very sad, because we were working and living next to it this whole time and nobody was doing anything, because we didn’t know for sure,” said witness Carolyn Johnson.
Police say Relaxation Station and Relaxation Palace are owned by Yali Cai. Both businesses are on Virginia Beach Boulevard.
Officers say the women would fly from China to New York and be bused to Hampton Roads.
Cia would pick up the women late at night and bring them to the businesses, where they lived, according to police.
“We never saw the girls leave,” Johnson added. “That was the biggest thing. We knew the girls were in there and we never saw them in the morning and we never saw them leave at night.”
WAVY-TV dug through paperwork. One employee lived at the business for a year. Another was arrested less than a month ago. One even got to Hampton Roads four days ago. They are all considered flight risks.
“I’ve never seen an actual woman go in and get a service done, it was only men going next door,” Johnson added.
Police aren’t saying much about the investigation, but those who work nearby say they are glad other women will now be safe.
“It’s a very sad situation when you truly think about it,” Johnson said.
Cai was granted a $20,000 bond Friday, but remains in jail until the Commonwealth can appeal the ruling.
The other six women all remain in jail without bond.