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Fairfax County massage parlor sweep finds mutliple licensing problems

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A sweep of Fairfax County massage parlors by a human trafficking task force has found no incidents of what they call illegal slave labor, but more than a dozen violations of employee licensure laws.

ICE was a part of the multi-jurisdictional task force. (Photo: Associated Press)

Local, state and federal agencies took part in the sweep, which checked on 23 massage parlors in the county. Authorities say 17 charges have been filed and more are pending, but that no violations of human trafficking was found.

"Human trafficking, or illegal slave labor, is an issue we take very seriously; we want to make sure there are not businesses or employers here in Fairfax County involved in this activity," Lt. Chris Marsh of the Fairfax County Organized Crime and Narcotics division said in a statement.

The sweep, which was undertaken by the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, was carried out on Thursday afternoon. Violations of employee licensing were found at seven parlors, including ones in Herndon, Vienna, Falls Church and Alexandria.

Immigration officials, the FBI, the Department of State, Virginia State Police and multiple local law enforcement agencies participated in the task force.

Charges were filed against the following locations on this map:

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