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Atlanta spa shootings: Illicit reviews raise red flags that shooter targeted vulnerable women

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The suspect in the fatal shootings at three Georgia massage parlors has told authorities he blamed the massage parlors for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex. 

Robert Aaron Long viewed the spas as “a temptation that he wanted to eliminate,” according to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the spas in Atlanta were not on police’s radar: “As far as we know in Atlanta, these are legally operating businesses.”

Yet, early signs indicate the businesses may not have been entirely above-board, leaving the women working there particularly vulnerable to abuse and violence.  

All three spas are listed on Rubmaps.ch, an erotic review site that allows users to search for and review illicit massage parlors. The site is the most popular of its kind, where buyers who call themselves “hobbyists” or “mongers” looking for sex go to find and share information, according to a study by Polaris, a nonprofit group that operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline.  

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