Local couple busted for human trafficking

Arrest part of multi-state investigation into human trafficking

SHREVEPORT - Two local business owners will dine at Caddo Correctional Center tonight after they were booked into jail just after 1 a.m. today, after they were taken into custody late Thursday in connection with a multi-state human trafficking investigation.

Bingbing Li, 30, and Linan Tian, 34, owners of Palm Massage on East 70th Street in Shreveport, were arrested by troopers from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit and transported to the CCC, where they where they were booked on two counts each of human trafficking. 

The arrest was in connection with a multi-state human trafficking investigation.

In early July, the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit was contacted by Missouri State Police regarding a multi-state human trafficking and money laundering investigation involving massage parlors in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama.  As a result of the investigations, a location in Shreveport was identified as a place that was involved in labor trafficking.

Thursday, Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit executed a search warrant at Palm Massage.

Evidence gathered there indicated the owners of the establishment were involved in labor trafficking where Chinese females were trafficked from the East coast to Louisiana and forced to work.

Additionally, detectives seized more than $17,000 and three vehicles as part of the investigation. 

 

LSP/SVU was assisted by the LSP Region 3 Criminal Investigations Division, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, Shreveport Police Vice Unit, US Department of Homeland Security, Bossier City Marshall’s Office, and the Louisiana State Fire Marshall.


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