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FBI, police raid Bennington spas

Posted at: 05/07/2013 10:50 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2013 11:36 PM
By: Jessica Layton

BENNINGTON, Vt. - Police say it all started as rumors. Those rumors also caught the attention of the FBI. Suspicious of prostitution and human trafficking, the agencies raided a spa on Main Street next to a children's consignment shop. They also seized items from a massage parlor on North Street.

"Business records, computers, cell phones, all that sort of stuff taken today," Detective Sgt. David Rowland said.

Police say the investigation has the potential to span state lines and may have international ties. NewsChannel 13 has learned interpreters were brought in during the investigation at Green Spa.

Over at Cozy Spa, a woman who identified herself as the owner told NewsChannel 13 she has nothing to hide, but she didn't want to show her face on camera. Through a closed door, she wanted to defend her business. The woman, who wouldn't give her name, says she opened the massage parlor just over a year ago. She says there's nothing illegal happening here.

"Absolutely not at this place, it's a quality massage spa," she said

Rowland says neither of the businesses accepted credit cards or kept tax records. He says those are usually two big signs something sketchy is going on, aside from the obvious red flag of being offered more than a massage.

So far there are no arrests in the case. Neither business has been ordered to shut down yet.