FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Law enforcement has determined a Fayetteville spa isn’t a spa after all but instead a massage parlor which promotes prostitution through young women of Chinese descent.
As a result Huaan Xie, 41, of Fayetteville, was arrested Wednesday as the owner and operator of The Oasis Spa and charged with operating a continuing criminal enterprise and three counts of promoting prostitution.
“The criminal enterprise which operated the business supplied the women to work as subjects of human trafficking,” the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Xie, who had become a target of the human trafficking investigation, was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center where the magistrate ordered him to be held on a $400,000 secured bond.
“We are not going to tolerate this inhumane treatment and these organized crime rings to operate in Cumberland County,” Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler and Chief Deputy Ennis Wright said in a joint statement.
Xie has his first appearance before a district court judge Friday.
Butler and Wright gave credit and appreciation to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, officers from the Fayetteville Police Department and the Fayetteville Dream Center, which is helping the victims of the sex trafficking.