85 IMBs were identified from an online source for Fairfax County in February 2019. Each of these IMBs that were listed as open, had at least one review indicating a sexual service had been purchased.
It is conservatively estimated that 558 customers each day are visiting the 85 IMBs in Fairfax County. This equates to more than 203.6K customer visits each year.
A conservative estimate is that $23.6 million of taxable revenue is being generated each year at IMBs in Fairfax County.
Conservatively, some 170 women every day are being exploited in IMBs in Fairfax County. Each worker will have approximately 1,200 customer visits each year.
Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) impact the community in a variety of ways. In 2019, Reset180 conducted a study to access the impact of the 85 IMBs in Fairfax County, VA. The goals of the study were to capture numbers for demand and revenue, determine demographics of customers and workers, determine how close these places are to public schools, and how they impacted legitimate massage businesses. Video footage was captured at 18 locations and was used to calculate demand and revenue and to determine demographics.
IMBs in Fairfax County
Dark grey=Fairfax County | Black=IMBs listed as online | Red=IMBs observed
In spring 2019, 125 customers and 44 providers were observed entering and/or exiting one of 18 IMBs with in a 24-hour period. All customers were male. All observed providers were female and Asian. Four providers were believed to live onsite and ethnicity could not be determined.
On average customers stayed 49.2 minutes and providers stayed 12.1 hours. The busiest arrival time was between 1-3 pm for customers and 9-10 am for providers.
When the time of entry was broken down into 30-minute increments for Fairfax County, the majority of the customers appeared to arrive between 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm as opposed to during lunch as seen in other areas. Mornings showed a steady increase in customers, but afternoons had a consistent pattern of sharp increases and decreases. Each sharp increase occurred 60 or 90 minutes after the last increase. The arrival times of the providers showed an expected pattern, with a large influx in the morning and a steady decrease over time.
In Fairfax County, six IMBs are located within 1,000 feet of a public school. There are 29 IMBs within 1,500 feet of a public school. This count does not include IMBs that are near preschools, private schools, or places of worship. There are four schools and 5,160 kids within 1,000 feet of an IMB. In total, some 47,050 students go to school within a mile of an IMB.
Establishments with registered business names that operate under the guise of providing massage, wellness, and/or spa services while in fact deriving some clientele and revenue through the provision of commercial sex acts. IMBs operate in violation of state and federal laws, which may include criminal statutes regarding human trafficking (including sex trafficking and labor trafficking), debt bondage, and organized criminal activities such as money laundering, visa and immigration fraud, smuggling, and/or tax evasion. The term illicit massage business does not encompass legitimate, therapeutic massage businesses.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Alexandria Police Report Line:—————(703) 746-4444
Arlington County Police Report Line:——-(703) 558-2222
Dumfries Police Report Line:—————–(703) 792-6500
Fairfax City Police Report Line:————–(703) 385-7924
Fairfax County Police Report Line
Fauquier County Police Report Line:——–(540) 347-3300
Loudoun County Police Report Line:——–(703) 777-1021
Manassas City Police Report Line:———-(703) 257-8000
Manassas Park Police Report Line:———(703) 361-1136
Prince William County Police Report Line: (703) 792-6500
Town of Vienna Police Report Line:———-(703) 255-6366