A third suspect has surrendered to police after last week's raid on three central Ohio massage parlors and a residence.

A third suspect has surrendered to police after last week's raid on three central Ohio massage parlors and a residence.

The Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force announced Wednesday, Jan. 14, that authorities had arrested two people after an investigation into suspected human trafficking.

Police arrested Columbus residents Qing Xu, 57, and Xiao Shuang Chao, 56, on organized crime charges in connection with the investigation. Officials said the woman and man are believed to be the operators of the Powell massage parlor and may also be the owners.

A third suspect, 54-year-old Estella Xu of Pomona, Calif., turned herself over to Delaware police Monday, Jan. 19. Estella is Qing Xu's sister.

All three suspects face charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and promoting prostitution, and are being held on $500,000 bond in the Delaware County Jail.

As part of the investigation, search warrants were served at Amsun Massage, 128 E. Olentangy St., Powell; Amsun Massage, 1000 High St., Worthington; and Rainbow Massage, 5564 Hilliard-Rome Road, Columbus.

• The private residence of Qing Xu and Chao, 2144 Jasmine Court, Columbus.

Powell Police Chief Gary Vest said the situation might have varied from location to location, but Powell police determined at least two adult women were living at the city's Amsun Massage location.

In all, seven women were freed from the suspected human trafficking, according to police.

"We have strong evidence that, at the Powell location, they were sleeping on massage parlor (tables)," Vest said.

He said authorities were attempting to build a rapport with the seven women. He said their countries of origin have not been confirmed.

"Many of them don't speak English or (speak) very limited English," he said. "Through the help of our federal partners, we brought in language specialists from literally around the United States."

For Worthington Chief of Police James Mosic, the arrests didn't come as a shock, he said.

"There had been information that had been obtained," he said. "And when we had first contacted the task force, it was not a surprise."

Although this type of human-trafficking situation is rare for Worthington, Mosic said, his department has been suspicious in the past.

"We've had other examples of at least escorts and maybe some prostitution," he said. "I would say for the human-trafficking aspect, we've had suspicions of other types of businesses, but it's difficult to uncover and difficult to pursue."

The Salvation Army of Central Ohio has offered to help the seven women procure housing and other needs in the aftermath of the investigation.

Vest said the investigation was started after his department received a tip that workers at the Powell massage parlor were sleeping there and engaging in prostitution.

Nathan Emery, a Homeland Security Investigations agent in charge, said the task force conducted searches of several other massage parlors in central Ohio Jan. 14 as part of a separate investigation. He said the investigation led to additional arrests and the rescue of multiple victims, but he could not comment on the details of the case.

"Our goal, as part of the task force and the community at large, is to shut down each one of these operations," he said.

The task force includes representatives from the Columbus Division of Police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Powell Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and other agencies.