NCIS investigating prostitution at massage parlors outside naval base

Over the past several months, detectives from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit have been working on a large-scale operation involving what authorities say are several illegal massage parlors with a "military/U.S .Navy nexus." (Kitsap County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities in Washington state arrested several women after a series of raids on four massage parlors near a major naval base.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team made a series of arrests in the greater Bremerton area, finding such a strong connection between the prostitution ring and the US Navy that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was called in to assist.

During the raids, authorities obtained warrants for businesses in Bremerton, Silverdale, and Poulsbo. According to the Navy Times, four women between the ages of 51 and 61 were arrested and charged with prostitution-related offenses.

“Our hope is with this opportunity that these human trafficking victims are able leave their trafficker and reconstruct their lives,” Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jon VanGesen said in a statement. “This investigation is just one step in disrupting these transnational criminal organizations and removing them from Kitsap County.”

Authorities state that additional arrests are likely as the investigation continues.

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