Nine arrested in Lafayette Human Trafficking ring

LAFAYETTE – After a lengthy investigation, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested nine people connected to prostitution and sex trafficking at five different message parlors within the city of Lafayette.

Several others were originally detained and later released. One giving officials sensitive information on the extent of the operation.

Explains Lafayette Sheriff Mark Garber, “So far one of the women that was detained who was engaged in the activity has come forward and confided in us that she was here against her will and she was being forced to engage in sex trafficking.”

This led to Ou Xufang being charged with one count of human trafficking. At this time, it’s unclear how many of the involved are here illegally.

“Right now I don’t have the specifics of who was actually here with lawful presence and which of those people were here without lawful presence,” adds the Sheriff.

Investigators worked in coordination with the fifteenth judicial district attorney’s office. However, the details of how information was gathered in order to issue warrants are currently unclear.

“I want to assure the public that my deputies did not engage in any illicit activities to obtain this evidence,” says Garber, “But beyond that I wouldn’t want to say how we accomplished this.”

While the investigation is still ongoing Sheriff Garber says this operation isn’t confined to Lafayette.

Continues Garber, “There are out-of-state ties to this investigation and I expect that some other agencies will be involved in assisting us due to the nature of that.”

Detectives arrest 9 in Lafayette massage parlor human trafficking ring Over the course of 17 months, detectives with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated complaints of a sex trafficking/massage parlor prostitution ring operating within Lafayette Parish.
As a result of the investigation, nine people were arrested:
  • Xiaoping Xu – Prostitution by Massage (2 counts)
  • Lianxiu Li – Prostitution by Massage (2 counts)
  • Zhao Chen – Pandering, Keeping a Disorderly Place, Operating a Place of Prostitution
  • Pingjuan Xia -Pandering (2 counts)
  • Xufang Ou – Pandering (4 counts) , Human Trafficking
  • Renjie Jang – Pandering (2 counts), Operating a Place of Prostitution
  • Houqin Tang – Pandering, Keeping a Disorderly Place, Operating a Place of Prostitution
  • Yuan Yuan Huang – Prostitution by Massage (2 counts)
  • Chang Su – Operating a Place of Prostitution, Pandering
Five businesses in the city of Lafayette were a part of the investigation:
  • Golden Spa – 117 Industrial Pkwy, Lafayette, LA 70508 (646) 262-4802
  • Angel Massage – 1007 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 806-6554
  • AA+ Massage – 292 Ridge Road Suite 6A Lafayette, LA 70506 (225) 439-4594
  • Asian Spa – 1512 Ambassador Caffery Suite 1, Lafayette, LA 70506 (337) 326-6700
  • Harmony Zen Spa – 1512 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Lafayette, LA 70506 (337) 541-8599
Detectives also seized approximately $50,000 in currency, five vehicles, a substantial
amount of jewelry and business goods.