Woman speaks out about former boss after his arrest for human trafficking

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 7 at 6:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A woman is breaking her silence about past dealings as a massage therapist in a prostitution ring.

We told you about three people who were busted this week for operating a city-wide prostitution ring. Now one woman, who worked for two of the suspects, is now giving us an inside look at what happens.

The woman paints a disturbing picture of a husband and wife, Ivan Javier Deleon and Jeana Kaufman, hiring women to sell much more than massages. She’s now giving us insight into how they built their business and what they expected of their employees.

She worked for the couple years ago at what she called a “massage studio.” She asked that her identity by hidden for fear that she could be killed for talking about her time there. 

She says although she didn’t participate, she knows Deleon was selling sex, regardless of what the sign on the doors said. “It was not just relaxation therapy,” she explained.

Deleon has opened and closed spas all over southern Indiana and Louisville. This woman says the girls were recruited in different ways, through ads or in person, but the end result was the same.

They’d be put in a room with a trainer to test their boundaries. “Such as, what if this were to occur, what if that were to occur, how would you handle it? And that would tell him whether this person is going to last,” she said.

The woman claims that while she worked for Deleon, she refused to do more than massages, for that reason, she didn’t work for him for long. “There were a lot of clients that I made leave and I was fined for, due to the fact that I had to pay for the sessions because I wouldn’t see the client, I’d send them away,” she said.

If a girl didn’t want to do something that was asked of her, there were others that would. “They’d say, can anybody do this because I can’t at this moment and somebody would jump up and run in the room or whatever.”

She says she was never aware of underage girls working at the spas, a line she says Deleon crossed long after she was gone. “That’s just sick,” she said, “They have children that age.”
 

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