Judicial agents raided three massage parlors and a home in Alajuela and Heredia and detained a man and two women Wednesday afternoon. Agents said the suspects had forced women into prostitution.
Police said that the trio used employment ads to attract women for household chores or non-sexual work in massage parlors at a good salary.
The Judicial Investigating Organization said that after a few days, the 34-year-old man in charge of the operation raped them and then forced them to perform sexual services with customers. Judicial agents said that the man made threats against the women and their families. In addition the women did not receive any payment, agents said.
The two women, 30 and 34, were administrators of the massage parlors, agents said. The case is being handled as trafficking in persons.