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UPDATE: 2 charged with Human Trafficking after Prostitution arrests

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A couple, 66-year-old john hart and 53-year-old Meirong Li, both of Dubuque have been charged with pimping and human trafficking.
This comes after two women were arrested Tuesday for prostitution at Dubuque massage parlors -- The Flower Garden and TuiNa Studio. Police say John Hart, one of the alleged pimps, owns the businesses.
Authorities went undercover at the massage parlors. "We had undercover officers go in basically pretending to be customers and they preceded to receive a message and then the activity turned sexual at the end of the message. At that point, they stopped and our uniformed officer went in and made the arrests," said Lt. Scott Baxter of the Dubuque Police Department.
The victims in this case barely spoke English. "The participants in this particular case -- sometimes there's not necessarily force or physical force. Sometimes it's mental coercion, things like that, or even financial coercion, if you will," added Baxter.
The two women were not the only ones employed at those message parlors. Police say more people could be arrested soon, including patrons.
The massage parlors are no longer authorized to operate in Dubuque. 
Last week, another woman was arrested for prostitution at a hotel on Greyhound Park Road. Authorities say, as of right now they don't believe these two cases are related.     
Two people are facing charges of Human Trafficking, after two massage workers are arrested for prostitution. 
Dubuque Police arrested John Hart, 66, and Meirong Li, 53, both from Dubuque.
They are both charged with Pimping and Human Trafficking -- both of which are Class D Felonies.
These charges come after two women were arrested and charged with prostitution.
This is a developing story, stick with KWWL for updates. 
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