Saturday, August 9, 2008

4 women arrested at massage parlors after raids in 3 cities


BELLEVUE – Four women were arrested Thursday at massage parlors in Bellevue and SeaTac. King County sheriff's detectives suspect that the businesses are fronts for prostitution.

"We believe that one or more of those arrested were the managers or owners of this enterprise," King County sheriff spokesman John Urquhart said.

Detectives raided four parlors – one in SeaTac, one in Kirkland and two in Bellevue – and seized business records at each location.

The women range in age from 28 to 51. They were booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of various charges, including prostitution and money laundering.

Urquhart said both charges are felonies. Detectives believe all four parlors have common owners, managers and employees.

In Bellevue, sheriff detectives and police officers raided Royal Spa at 16407 Lake Hills Blvd. and Chada Thai Bodyworks at 10448 N.E. 29th St.

Deputies arrested a 33-year-old woman at Royal Spa and two women, ages 28 and 36, at Chada Thai Bodyworks.

In SeaTac, officers searched Miracle Spa and arrested a 51-year-old woman. That spa is at 3312 S. 192nd St.

In Kirkland, deputies raided Lisa Thai Massage at 1942 Market St. but made no arrests.

No customers were arrested during the raids. But detectives may contact customers who can be identified from the business records or credit-cards receipts, Urquhart said.

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