Massage parlor employees arrested

Las Cruces Police Department

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Three women who were employed at Las Cruces massage businesses have been charged with prostitution-related offenses, police said.

Suk Cha, 62, and Myung Hee Ok, 49, employees of Bally Hot Stone Spa at 1685 Don Roser Drive, and Hyang Sook Kim, 45, employed by Green Hot Stone Spa at 2903 Hillrise Drive, are accused one count each of promoting prostitution and accepting earnings of a prostitute. Cha was arrested Wednesday. Ok and Kim were arrested Thursday.

On Wednesday, officers from the Las Cruces Police Department’s Special Services Section, and agents from the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement served search warrants on the two businesses. FBI and ICE agents are investigating whether immigration or trafficking laws were violated.

Cha was booked into the Doña Ana County jail with a cash-only bond set at $20,000. Ok and Kim were being held without bond. Another female employee of the Green Hot Stone Spa was questioned but has not been arrested or charged.

Although both businesses appear to be similar and both are being investigated simultaneously, agents believe they have separate ownership and were not acting together.

Las Cruces Police learned in April of an advertisement for Bally’s on Craigslist that offered “Beautiful, friendly Asian staff waiting for you.” The ad also included a seductive photo of an Asian woman. Investigation also found erotic assessments of Bally’s and the Green Hot Stone Spa on Internet sites that cater to and review escort services.

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

In July, a sales representative from a local newspaper visited Green Hot Stone Spa and  sold advertisement to the business, police said. Approximately one month later the sales representative reportedly returned to the store but was told that the spa no longer wanted to advertise in the newspaper because too many women were asking for appointments and Green Hot Stone only catered to men.

Investigators said they learned that Kim was paid to perform sexual favors at Green Hot Stone. Cha was employed by Bally’s as a cook and parlor maid. Ok was employed to provide massages and perform sexual favors for male clients of Bally’s.

Investigators said they discovered that employees of Bally Hot Stone hid condoms in a clean mustard bottle that was kept in a refrigerator inside the spa. Investigators have also gathered records and surveillance photos of customers who visited the parlors. Detectives are continuing their investigation and are attempting to locate the owners of both spas.

Investigators said they would like to interview customers of the businesses.

 

 

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