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A Lafayette woman arrested in a massage parlor prostitution sting has pleaded not guilty to charges of human trafficking and pandering.
All three charges are felonies. The raid followed a month investigation after nearby businesses and residents complained about one of the massage parlors. Eight people were arrested in total; a ninth person was picked up in the investigation but said she was forced into prostitution as part of a human trafficking operation.
At least one woman picked up Tuesday in a Lafayette Parish prostitution bust is believed to be the victim of sex trafficking.
On Monday, Ou submitted a not guilty plea for the human trafficking and pandering charges. She waived her formal arraignment hearing, set for April 23, and is scheduled to appear in court June 27 for a pre-trial hearing, court documents show. Arrest documents claim Asian women were being transported from China and were forced to pay off thousands of dollars in debt for their transportation to the United States by living in the massage parlors and performing sexual favors for clients.
The businesses would keep a ificant portion of the payments, documents say. The arrest documents cay the women worked for Ou, who transported them between different locations and was aware of the sexual activity occurring. Jerod C. Prunty, 47, an aide to Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins, was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of pandering, according …. On Feb. Edit Close.
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