For four hours, Florida sheriff's detectives coerced, pleaded with and scolded a Chinese masseuse in hopes of getting her to say she was a human-trafficking victim.
If they succeed, that might let them charge her spa's owners. If not, they might never be able to prove their hunch.
The operation was part of a multicounty crackdown that drew international attention when New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with paying for sex in neighboring Palm Beach County, one of 300 men overall.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder strongly believes the women are trafficking victims but needs a masseuse to testify against her bosses to get convictions.
That could start a cascade of charges that eat away at the national network of massage parlor-based traffickers Snyder believes exists.
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