Two people were arrested after law enforcement officials conducted a sweep of four massage parlors in La Mesa last week.
Officials arrested Xiaoyan Cao, 43, at Mesa Spa, in the 8000 block of La Mesa Boulevard and Ivy Lihui Sun, 41, at Transcend Spa, in the 7900 block of University Avenue on May 9. Authorities said both suspects are believed to be Chinese nationals.
Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up for the operation, including La Mesa police, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. Officials said the purpose of the operation was to identify criminal activity in the area, including prostitution. Police said previous undercover operations had been conducted at these businesses, leading to last week’s investigation.
Victim assistance services will be provided to anyone identified as a subject of human trafficking, according to police.