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Combating Human Trafficking January 26, 2015
Joyce Beatty, D-OH
"Behind the Powell storefront—between a dentist’s office and a dessert shop—the women slept each night on massage tables. Rarely, investigators say, did they appear to leave the Amsun Massage Spa, a business that caught the attention of Powell police not long after it opened last fall in a strip mall at 128 E. Olentangy St. The women worked there. They ate there. They slept there. They might not have had a choice, authorities said. Local, state and federal investigators announced yesterday that the massage parlor was a front for organized prostitution and was one of four addresses raided in Delaware and Franklin counties as part of Powell’s investigation. A parallel federal investigation resulted in searches of other addresses, although details of those raids were under court- ordered seal yesterday. The combined searches turned up 18 women who speak little or no English and might have been trafficked to work in the sex trade. Investigators said various agencies have stepped in to provide shelter and other support to the women. “They don’t know the culture, they don’t speak the language, and they’re very untrusting of law enforcement,” said Nathan Emery, special agent in charge of the Columbus office of the federal Homeland Security Investigations agency. The women fear deportation, a threat that was used by their employers to keep them in line, police said. Authorities are trying to pin down their identities and countries of origin. “We are not just arresting those who are suspected of trafficking women for sex, we are also rescuing those who may be victims of this heinous crime,” said Cmdr. Gary Cameron of the Columbus police narcotics bureau. Powell’s search warrants were served at Amsun Massage in Powell; Amsun Massage, l000 High St., Worthington; Rainbow Massage, 5564 Hilliard-Rome Rd. on the Far West Side; and a Jasmine Court residence on the Far West Side. A man and woman from Columbus were arrested: Xiao Shuang Chao, 56, and Qing Xu, whose age was unknown. Investigators aren’t sure of the couple’s relationship but said they operated the businesses locally. They face organized-crime charges in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. Powell Police Chief Gary Vest said that soon after Amsun opened, his department was tipped that women were living there and providing sex-related services to clients. Emery said women are brought to the United States by human traffickers and, instead of finding a better life, “to pay off their debts, they’re put into forced servitude.”"
Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 September 17, 2014
Ted Poe, R-TX
"In September 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that ISIS raided a Free Syrian Army weapons depot, taking small arms and ammunition provided by the CIA."
The Coalition Of The Unwilling September 15, 2014
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
"Vetted moderates are losing U.S. weapons. It is important that people know, September 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that ISIS raided a Free Syrian Army weapons depot taking small arms ammunition that the CIA provided."
Bank On Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act—Motion To Proceed— Continued September 11, 2014
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Hamas raided its own limited supplies for housing and general infrastructure, intended to repair the destruction that occurred during the last conflict they initiated. Hamas instead used the stolen materials to build tunnels to hide and infiltrate Israel—infiltrating to kill, maim, kidnap, and murder the innocent."
Submitted Resolutions September 10, 2014
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"Moreover, democratic achievements cannot be taken for granted. A few days ago, Hungary’s National Investigative Office raided the offices of two organizations which help distribute civil society funds from the government of Norway. Thirteen NGOs are currently under investigation in Budapest, including the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, HCLU, the local office of Transparency International, and the Roma Media Centre. These raids signal further deterioration of good governance, the rule of law, and human rights in Hungary."

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