LCPD investigates suspected prostitution

Las cruces Police Department

Las Cruces law enforcers executed search warrants Wednesday on two massage parlors suspected of being fronts for prostitution.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, investigators raided the Bally Hot Stone Spa at 1685 Don Roser Drive and the Green Hot Stone Spa at 2903 Hillrise Drive. Two female employees at each location were taken into custody for questioning but no arrests have been made so far.

The investigation is being conducted jointly by Las Cruces police along with agents from the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement

In April 2011, a sergeant with the Las Cruces Police Department learned of an advertisement on Craigslist for the Bally Massage Spa that offered “Beautiful, friendly Asian staff waiting for you.” The ad also included a seductive photo of an Asian woman. The sergeant contacted an FBI agent, and both began investigating the establishment.

During the course of the investigation “erotic reviews” of Bally’s and the Green Hot Stone Spa were discovered on Internet sites that cater to escort services.

during the next few months, undercover agents visited both businesses and were offered sexual services in exchange for cash. The agents did not accept the offers but did gather enough evidence to support request for search warrants.

Agents are continuing their investigation by gathering records and additional evidence at both businesses. Possible charges against the owners of the businesses include promoting prostitution and accepting earnings of a prostitute.

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