TRO filed against several north Alabama massage businesses

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Several north Alabama massage businesses are barred from operating after state law enforcement uncovered evidence that they were actually "fronts for a human-trafficking operation."

Attorney General Steve Marshall received a temporary restraining order against TY Green's Massage Therapy, Inc., its owner Yuping Tang, and manager Jiao Liu, who is her daughter, and their four businesses. The businesses operate in Huntsville under the names Health Massage and Massage Foot Care, and in Madison and Decatur under the name Massage Foot Care.

The company's assets are frozen pending further court action.

Marshall says the businesses made millions while the "employees" worked long hours and some were expected to engage in sex acts with customers.

Marshall's office says it's the first civil action taken under the state's new human trafficking laws.