Jefferson County, CO. – This week, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested Yuewu Zhao (DOB 1/18/70). He was charged with Human Trafficking for Involuntary Servitude and was issued a $100,000 cash/surety bond at his first court appearance.
Earlier this year, the JCSO received a report of alleged sexual acts that were being performed at a massage parlor in the 16000 block of S. Golden Rd. The reporting party believed that the masseuse may be a victim of human trafficking. As a result, SIU conducted an investigation into the massage parlor. During execution of a search warrant for the parlor, evidence of illegal sexual acts was discovered. Further investigation uncovered a human trafficking operation in which at least one female masseuse – a Chinese citizen – was coerced into performing labor, including sexual acts, in exchange for the promise of a green card.
JCSO’s Victim Services Unit is providing assistance and support to the trafficked victim in this case. The Sheriff’s Office encourages individuals to report human trafficking to their local law enforcement agency. More information on human trafficking can be found by visiting the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s website.