Quincy Woman Indicted for Human Trafficking in Connection with Running Illegal Massage Parlor in Everett
Woman Indicted on Human Trafficking and Prostitution-Related Charges
WOBURN – A Quincy woman has been indicted on human trafficking and prostitution-related charges in connection with running an illegal massage parlor in Everett, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Tania Cipriano, age 45, of Quincy, was indicted on Tuesday by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on charges of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Deriving Support from Prostitution and Keeping a House of Ill Fame. She will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date.
“We allege that this defendant was running a massage business that served as a front for illicit activity, including human trafficking and prostitution,” said AG Coakley. “She allegedly controlled the daily operations of the business, including recruiting employees, setting up appointments with clients and managing the money. Today’s indictments are the result of collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement and we thank our partners for their work in this case.”
“Human trafficking feeds on the vulnerable. Protecting our communities from those who engage in this lecherous type of crime is a top priority for HSI,” said Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. “HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners in the Everett Police Department and Attorney General’s Office to investigate human trafficking, as well as working with our local non-governmental, community-based and faith-based organizations to identify, rescue and assist victims of trafficking.”
“The Everett Police Department will continue to work closely with its partners to prevent those from exploiting people for profit as happened in this case,” said Everett Chief of Police Steven A. Mazzie.
On Aug. 7, officers from the Everett Police Department and agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Cipriano at an Everett apartment where she was running an unlicensed massage parlor that allegedly offered sexual services from women for a fee.
These charges today are the result of an investigation initiated by the AG’s Office, in conjunction with HSI agents, after the matter was referred by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
According to investigators, Cipriano operated an illicit business in Everett characterized as a massage parlor, in which masseuses she employed offered sexual services to clients in exchange for cash. Cipriano allegedly kept a portion of the profits from this operation.
Authorities found condoms and several notebooks that indicated names, phone numbers and schedules of appointments at the Everett apartment. Authorities allege that Cipriano posted ads on websites known to advertise prostitution, set up appointments for the women, and managed the daily financial aspects of the organization.
These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Snook of the AG’s Human Trafficking Unit, with assistance from Investigator Anthony Taylor of AG Coakley’s Financial Investigations Division, Victim Witness Advocate Rebecca Auld of the AG’s Victim Services Division, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab. Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Everett Police Department conducted the investigation.