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Wichita City Council members have approved a new ordinance regulating massage therapists and businesses.

The city hopes the regulations will eliminate illegal activity.

The Wichita Police Department began investigated massage parlors in 2014 after the city received complaints about possible prostitution.

According to the Wichita Police Department, investigations revealed that some of the women who were being used in illegal massage businesses were, in fact, victims of human trafficking.

Federal prosecutors  have charged three people in a sex trafficking scheme operating at nine Asian massage parlors in Wichita; the charges allege they recruited women from outside Kansas and coerced them to engage in prostitution.