In the absence of strong regulation and enforcement, advocates say, sex-trafficking networks have increasingly turned to massage and related fields as a front for illicit businesses that operate in plain sight out of storefronts.
A federal jury in Concord found Steven Tucker, 33, of Manchester, NH. guilty on March 22 of sex trafficking of a minor. He sold heroin to numerous individuals, including young women and a minor. Witnesses described how Tucker used their addictions to cause them to prostitute for his profit.
Most have a history of childhood trauma to include physical, emotional or sexual abuse and are lured by traffickers with false promises of a better life to include employment and financial success.
These victims are manipulated and often don’t realize they’re being trafficked for sex or labor or both.