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Houston and Beaumont massage parlors close after alleged trafficking, owner banned from business for life

Houston and Beaumont massage parlors close after alleged trafficking, owner banned from business for life

Houston and Beaumont massage parlors close after alleged trafficking, owner banned from business for life

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The owner of a Houston massage parlor that was jailed for alleged human trafficking has been banned for life from the massage business in Texas and has agreed to close.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has revoked the license of Hsin Wei Chen and the eight Houston and Beaumont companies he is affiliated with.

The closings came after a settlement agreement Friday with TDLR.

As of Monday afternoon, some businesses had not closed. ABC13 found at least two still open, with a male customer walking out of one on Bellaire Blvd.

TDLR communications manager Tela Mange said it all stems from an unannounced visit last month to Foot Reflexology Star on Spring Cypress, which is owned by Chen, where an inspector found evidence of human trafficking.

“She saw a number of things that we know are indicators of possible human trafficking going on, including people living in the facility, luggage and large amounts of food,” she said of the facility where the sign still reads “FU Massage. “

House Bill 3579, which took effect in September 2023, gave TDLR the power to immediately take action against a suspected human trafficking business and shut it down for 6 months.

However, instead of waiting out the six-month temporary closure period, Mange said Chen decided to exit the massage business and close all of his establishments.

When reached by text, Chen told ABC13, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

The agreement revokes Chen’s license and the licenses of the following entities:

  • Foot Reflexology Star, 10801 Spring Cypress Rd., Ste. 12, Houston
  • Sunny Foot Massage, 10950 FM 1960 W., Ste. B, Houston
  • IT&P Massage LLC, 2808 Hwy 6 S., Ste. IA, Houston
  • A Massage d/b/a A Reflexology Massage LLC, 2570 I-10 E, Beaumont
  • Heavenly Massage LLC d/b/a Heavenly Massage, 12989 Bellaire Blvd, Ste. 7 A, Houston
  • Everlasting Bliss d/b/a Heavenly Massage, 12989 Bellaire Blvd, Ste. 7 A, Houston
  • Ivy Massage, 1780 N. Major Dr., Beaumont
  • Ly Massage, 17802 W. Little York Rd., Ste. D, Houston

If Chen is found to be working in the massage therapy industry in Texas again, he could face additional penalties, TDLR said.

Anyone who suspects human trafficking is taking place can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFORMATION to BeFree (233733). If the situation is an emergency or you think someone is in immediate danger, call 911 and alert the authorities.

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