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Prostitution, human trafficking suspected at Medford massage parlor

Police task force served warrant at Stevens Street business alleged to be part of a multistate human trafficking organization
JCSO Photo Police served a search warrant Wednesday afternoon at this massage parlor in the 500 block of Stevens Street in Medford. Prostitution and human trafficking are suspected to have been occurring there, police said.

A joint interagency law enforcement task force served a search warrant at a Medford massage parlor Wednesday afternoon, allegedly uncovering evidence of human trafficking and prostitution, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The business, Six Star Massage, located on the 500 block of Stevens Street, is allegedly part of a multistate human trafficking organization, the release stated. Medford police detectives alongside the Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team served the search warrant.

JCSO Photo A photograph showing the inside of a massage parlor in Medford where area law enforcement served a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.

A yearlong investigation led the task force to the business after it was allegedly involved in illicit sexual activity and human trafficking, the release said.

The business is associated with massage parlors throughout Oregon, California and Arizona, police said. Investigators were interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing, the sheriff’s office said.

Additional search warrants have been served at related massage businesses in Eugene, Grants Pass and Arizona, police said.

Digital devices were seized from the Medford massage parlor and will be examined by the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, police said.

Community Works, a local domestic violence, sexual abuse and sex trafficking resource center, provided alleged victims with safe housing, emotional support, basic necessities and advocacy, the release stated.

The task force, which started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking, includes investigators from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Medford police, Grants Pass police, FBI and Homeland Security, as well as prosecutors from local, state and federal agencies in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives assisted with the operation.

The release did not list any arrests as a result of the investigation.