VERO BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — More than 100 men are being sought on solicitation of prostitution charges by police in Vero Beach. According to Bloomberg, the list includes John W. Childs, the 77-year-old founder of JW Childs Associates, a private equity firm.
Police, along with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, revealed the results of an investigation into illegal sex acts and human trafficking at massage parlors in Vero Beach and Sebastian.
"There were very little massages going on," said Vero Beach Chief David Currey.
Authorities shared photos of the men facing charges, but also of the people who investigators say ran the operation, dubbed the East Spa Organization.
Here's a rundown of the eight people identified by police as being part of the operation:
Some of the suspected 'Johns' are small business owners, religious leaders, fathers, uncles, and former law enforcement, police said.
Vero Beach Police said the investigation began last year after they received complaints about the spas. The undercover operations ultimately led to 138 charges being filed against 111 people. Authorities have one human trafficking victim who came to the United States under the guise of being a massage therapist but ended up being trapped in the sex parlor. Police fear there could be more victims.
One was the East Spa on 14th Avenue in Vero Beach.
The second was the East Spa on Gene Street in Winter Park.
The third was the Rainbow Spa on Colonial Drive in Orlando.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office investigated a spa in Sebastian called the East Sea Spa where 54 people are facing 61 solicitation of prostitution charges.
Investigators in Indian River County served 171 arrest warrants, with 45 people in custody. One suspect is the manager of a spa, a 41-year-old woman who faces charges of racketeering, operating house of prostitution, and 30 counts of prostitution.
Sheriff Daryl Loar said some of the spa workers lived in the spa and were not allowed to leave.
They're also looking to identify a woman known only as "Ipo," who worked at the spa for the past two months.
The sheriff's office expects to have all warrants served by the end of the weekend.
To report suspected human trafficking call the nationwide hotline at 1-888-373-7888.