She was 49, a recent immigrant and deeply in debt to a loan shark back home in China when she answered an employment ad three years ago that promised thousands of dollars a month, but offered no job description. She realized too late that she had been tricked into working at a massage parlor in Flushing, Queens, where besides kneading backs, she was expected to sexually service up to a dozen men a day. In strip malls across the country, neon signs and brightly colored placards promise hot stones, acupuncture and shiatsu with photos of women or couples receiving relaxing shoulder rubs. But a traditionally Asian form of therapeutic relaxation with deep roots in big-city Chinatowns has spun off a different kind of massage parlor that has little to do with traditional remedies. The frequently middle-aged women who work in parlors with names like Orchids of Asia and Rainbow Spa are often struggling to pay off high debts to family members, loan sharks, labor traffickers and lawyers who help them file phony asylum claims. In some cases, their passports are taken and their illegal immigration status keeps them further in the shadows, with some of them rotated every 10 days to two weeks between spas operated by the same owners.
Behind Illicit Massage Parlors Lie a Vast Crime Network and Modern Indentured Servitude
You rapped in a broken Asian accent throughout the entire song and you reduced Asian women to sex objects, upsetting hundreds of fans along the way, but hey! According to a study on sex workers in the Philippines by the US National Library of Medicine, female sex workers FSW between the ages of work for an average of 8 months while their coworkers between the ages of stay for 36 months. Many of these older women are married, with children, and have a median of 8 years of education. Sex work can be a financially viable option that offers women the flexibility of scheduling with high wages, but the benefits diminish when the industry is unregulated making it easy for Asian FSWs to be taken advantage of by clients, employers, and police. Human trafficking is rampant in the illegal Asian massage industry.
The thing that you need to understand here is that all massage parlors out there offering happy endings are never going to see anything happy in the long run. Why am I so suddenly concerned about all this? I want to help prevent this from happening to you. Look, there are plenty of reasons why someone would hit an Asian massage day spa to relax. Believe it or not, these spas are not here to make you feel good and get a good release.