KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Holly Springs woman has been arrested on human trafficking and prostitution charges, according to a Wake County Magistrate’s Order obtained by CBS North Carolina.
Ri-Ping Lan, 42, of the 100 block of Palmdale Court, is charged with one felony count of human trafficking adult victim and one felony count of promote prostitution – profits. She was arrested at 4021 Village Park Drive by Knightdale police on Thursday. That address belongs to a massage parlor called ZEN Massage.
Knightdale officials confirmed that town authorities are investigating “an illegal massage parlor.”
Salon owner Kimberly Lloyd works just two doors down from Zen Massage.
“You hear about it all the time on the news, but for it to be a couple doors down from you, that’s what makes it, that’s like hitting really close to home. That’s really big,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said Zen had a lot of traffic “outside of the normal business hours.”
Lan is accused of causing a person to be held “in involuntary servitude or sexual servitude.”
Knightdale police said they found one adult victim of human trafficking Thursday but can’t put a number on how many other victims there may be.
“Paying for sexual favors is not a victimless crime,” Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps said. “We cannot condition ourselves to believe it is harmless, or that the girls and young women working in these illegal establishments are there by choice.”
Lan is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.