BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – A woman from Chicago was arrested on charges of human trafficking, false imprisonment, and promoting prostitution after Blytheville police found a woman who claimed she was held against her will, according to authorities.
The incident began on Saturday, July 29, 2023, when Blytheville Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call at Royal Asian Massage, located at 825 East Main Suite H.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman inside the business who said she was locked in by the business owner, Zhuo Liu, 52, of Chicago, Illinois. The woman reported being detained due to her refusal to continue performing sexual acts for Liu’s business.
Investigators from Blytheville police and other agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations and University City, worked together to secure arrest warrants against Liu for trafficking of persons (adult), false imprisonment second degree, and promoting prostitution 1st degree.
Liu was taken into custody in University City, Missouri, and has since been extradited to Arkansas for formal charges. Her bond has been temporarily set at $1 million in cash.
The Blytheville Police Department closed down the business immediately following the incident. According to officials, none of the victims were from the Blytheville area.
Sgt. Robin Haught-Angel, the public information officer for the Blytheville Police Department, noted that the delay in releasing additional information was due to coordination efforts with other departments. The department thanked multiple agencies and the local community for their assistance during the investigation.