Suspect in Human Trafficking Investigation Arrested
December 16, 2016 -Springfield, Ma- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today the arrest of Chun Nu Li, 50, of Agawam, Ma on the suspicion of violating Massachusetts General Law, Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “Human trafficking is an especially detestable crime, which preys on vulnerable people for the financial profit of the perpetrator. The Hampden District Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners are committed to stopping this form of exploitation and firmly applying the law to these offenders.” District Attorney Gulluni went on to say, “I would like to thank the Massachusetts State Police detectives assig ned to my office, particularly Trooper Matthew Simpson, who spent many hours on this complicated investigation. Additionally, I would like to express my gratitude to the Agawam Police Department for bringing this activity to our attention and for their partnership in the investigation. I also thank the Department of Homeland Security for its partnership and support.”
Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigation-Boston “Forcing anyone to prostitute themselves is not only criminal – it is morally reprehensible,” said Matthew Etre, special agent in charge for HSI Boston. “HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those involved are held accountable for their crimes.”
On the morning of December 13, 2016 multiple search warrants were executed by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigation-Springfield, and the Agawam Police Department, as a result of a five month long investigation into allegations of prostitution and human trafficking at the Feeding Hills Spa in Agawam, Massachusetts. The warrants were for both the spa located at 1226 Springfield Street and a private residence located at 1162 Springfield Street.
During the search two victims of human trafficking were identified, interviewed and reunited with family with the assistance of victim witness advocates working in the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.
Based upon the investigation an arrest warrant was issued for Chun Nu Li on two counts of Trafficking Persons for Sexual Servitude, Docket # 1644CR001660. Chun Nu Li was apprehended by New York State Police in Flushing, NY and is expected to be returned to Massachusetts soon.
This is an ongoing investigation.