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© Palm Beach County and Martin County sheriff's offices
Hua Zhang, 58 of Winter Garden, and Lei Wang, 39 of Hobe Sound, were arrested Tuesday by Palm Beach County and Martin County sheriff's offices for their suspected involvement in a large sex trafficking ring spread throughout the Sunshine State.
Florida law enforcement officials recently arrested multiple people in a large sex-trafficking ring stretching throughout Orange, Indian River and Martin counties with ties to New York and China, according to a report by Treasure Coast Newspapers.

A 16-page affidavit was released Wednesday detailing the arrests of Hua Zhang, 58 of Winter Garden, and Lei Wang, 39 of Hobe Sound, who have suspected involvement in the sex trafficking operations at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Martin County, one of several businesses targeted in the investigation.

"This is a complex case that has been going on for months," said Sheriff William Snyder in Tuesday a press conference. "We have dozens and dozens of arrests yet to come."

On Friday, Jupiter Police announced that among those charged were New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is facing two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution.
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An investigation began after a Martin County detective received a complaint in July from a Florida Department of Health official regarding potential human trafficking at the massage parlors, Snyder said.

Online reviews described Orchids of Asia Day Spawith slang-terms for paid sex, and an investigation of the parlor's trash revealed bodily fluids, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported.

Surveillance by the Florida Department of Health found that women appeared to be living in the businesses, including Zhang - who was listed as the registered agent for one of the locations.

Authorities found the women were engaging in sexual acts, averaging eight clients a day 1,500 men a year, with no days off, Snyder said. The women slept on parlor tables, cooked in the back of the establishment and had no access to transportation, he said.

After the recent arrests, authorities also developed criminal charges for 20 men who are suspected of exchanging money for sexual acts, according to the report.

"I think it is safe to say without hyperbole that this is the tip of the tip of the iceberg," Snyder said.

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