MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Earlier Tuesday,  police raided what they believe is an illicit massage parlor in Midvale, Utah. Officers told ABC4 Utah News that they have now identified four possible human trafficking victims.
 
For three months leading up to this moment, ABC4 Utah News has been following the Attorney General Office’s human trafficking investigation into the A+ Massage Parlor in Midvale. 
     
Special Agent Nate Mutter is the Section Chief of The Special Investigations and Public Corruption Unit that oversees the SECURE team.
 
“SECURE is a statewide task force that is statutorily mandated to investigate human trafficking…It gives us the opportunity to spend the time and the resources that are needed to do a good, thorough, human trafficking investigation,” explains Mutter. 
    
Ruthie Pendegren is a victim coordinator for the Attorney General’s Office. She is often on scene when these warrants are served to ensure that all potential trafficking victims know their rights, and helps them find resources to find safety. 
 
“Victims of human trafficking are victims…They’re not criminals,” says Pendegren. “Victims definitely need support. They need to be able to work with someone who is trauma informed that’s aware of specific issues related to human trafficking.” 
 
After the warrants were served today, investigators explained that they will now work to build an even stronger human trafficking case using the evidence they have gathered. 
     
Even though investigations like this are saving potential victims, Attorney General Sean Reyes says there’s still work to be done.
 
“This is not a political issue. This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue. It’s a humanitarian issue. We need everybody working together to help fight this. because it can affect anyone, of any background,” says Reyes.
 
After the ABC4 team left the scene today, investigators found a large amount of cash at the apartment where the employees lived. As the investigation is ongoing, ABC 4 will continue to follow the investigation. 
 
If you or anyone you know has any concerns about possible human trafficking, make a call to any of the resources and organizations listed below.

Utah Trafficking in Persons (UTIP) Task Force

TIP LINE: 801-200-3443

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (Polaris Project)

1 (888) 373-7888

Assistance for Human Trafficking Victims:

Asian Association of Utah- Refugee and Immigrant Center

(801) 990-9454