A 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on trafficking of persons charges after federal and local authorities raided two Waco massage parlors Tuesday.
Jacob Guang Yang was arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 35 near West late Tuesday night, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said. Yang is accused of harboring four young women at the Waco businesses and using them in a sex-trafficking operation, McNamara said.
Authorities determined that the four women were living at the businesses with no vehicle or other form of transportation available, he said. None of the women speak English, and a Chinese-speaking translator joined officers during the raid to check on the women’s well-being and offer assistance.
Authorities found the women and $11,700 in cash during the raids Tuesday at 7035 Sanger Ave. and 7524 Bosque Blvd.
Officers believe three of the women came to McLennan County after living in California and the other woman lived in New York.
“This is a very, very sad situation,” McNamara said. “You don’t ever expect something like that, especially something like this when the women were having to stay in a location with no vehicle or any transportation.”
Yang was released after posting a $50,000 surety bond Wednesday. McNamara said the human trafficking investigation remains ongoing.