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A sign is posted outside Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. on Feb. 19, 2019. An Associated Press review of state records shows that officers and deputies in Florida have investigated hundreds of massage parlors for illegal sexual activity for years, but the owners and employees usually get off with civil fines and misdemeanor charges, even when there are signs of potential trafficking.(Hannah Morse/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

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ORLANDO, Fla. — When Florida authorities shut down 10 massage spas last month and charged hundreds of men with buying sex, they broke a longstanding pattern of meting out minor charges and punishment for owners, letting patrons off scot-free and turning a mostly blind eye to signs of human trafficking.

By MIKE SCHNEIDER and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press March 30, 2019
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