Thursday, August 9, 2012

Boise Massage Parlor Sting Busts Six For Prostitution

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Boise Police officers arrested six women Wednesday night in as many Boise massage parlors, on charges of offering sex to undercover officers.

Lt. Ron Winegar with the BPD's Vice-Narcotics Unit told Citydesk the two- to three-week investigation required around 12 officers over the course of the operation.

Outside Boise Police headquarters at Mark Stall Way, Winegar said citizen complaints led officers to the Asian massage parlors.

"The undercover officers had to go in and receive a massage, and then receive a solicitation for money for sex," said Winegar.

In all six cases, officers said they were solicited for sex after receiving those massages. The parlors involved had been visited before for violations, said Winegar.

Arrests include Meihua Zhang of J Spa, Kim Sook of Apple Spa, Fenghua Sanford of Aloha Spa, Jenny Richardson of Hou Spa, Li Yanjie of Sunflower Spa, and Leslie Jim of Hong Kong Spa. Winegar said some of those offenders may be in the country illegally, and the BPD is working with the Department of Homeland Security to determine their immigration status.

Licenses for those locations are temporarily suspended for 60 days, said Winegar, with future infractions resulting in permanent suspension and closure of those businesses. That requires a close relationship with the Boise City Clerk's Office and Boise City Attorney's Office.

"In the past, maybe it's something we didn't coordinate as well as we could have," said Winegar. "But going forward, repeat violations for prostitution will result in revoking those licenses."

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