Friday, August 8, 2008

4 arrested in massage parlor prostitution raids

By Staff

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Sheriff's detectives arrested four women Thursday during raids at Puget Sound massage parlors that they say served as fronts for prostitution.

Detectives believe the four massage parlors – located in SeaTac, Kirkland and Bellevue – have common owners and employees, according to a press release from the King County Sheriff's Office.

The women arrested range in age from 28 to 51. They were booked on various charges, including promoting prostitution and money laundering. Police say more arrests are expected.

While no customers were taken into custody, detectives have seized the business records from each massage parlor. Customers who can be identified from the records will be contacted by detectives, and police say charges are possible.

The four massage parlors raided are:

Miracle Spa, located at 3312 S. 192nd in SeaTac

Royal Spa, located at 16407 Lake Hills Boulevard in Bellevue

The Chada Thai Bodywords, at 10448 NE 29th in Belleuve

Lisa Thai Massage, 1942 Market Street in Kirkland.

No arrests were made at the Kirkland location.

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