Sex trafficking —an insidiously underground and seemingly distant problem— is much more pervasive in Massachusetts than some might think, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.
On Wednesday, Healey’s office announced the dismantling of two extensive human trafficking operations, in a multistate law enforcement takedown. According to a report from the AG’s office, victims were allegedly trafficked through “massage parlors” in multiple towns and counties stretching from Queens, New York, to parts of Western Mass.
“People don’t understand, I think, or appreciate enough that human trafficking...is real, that it’s happening in our communities, [and] that it’s not a victimless crime,” Healey said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Tuesday. “There is another human being at the end of that transaction who is a victim, who is being exploited.”