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Boise Bench massage parlors target of prostitution sting

Boise Bench massage parlors target of prostitution sting

Four women have been charged with prostitution at several Treasure Valley massage parlors.

Boise Police say the four women were arrested at various different Boise massage parlors on Wednesday.

Charges against the suspects include prostitution, giving a massage without a city license, and violating city sanitary requirements by living or allowing employees to live and sleep inside the massage parlor.

"When it becomes a priority for citizens to complain, we do our best to make it a priority to investigate," said Sgt. Mike Harrington with the Boise Police Department.

"We have to focus our resources where the problems are. We know this type of activity may be occurring, so we appreciate citizens who can point to areas where it's becoming an issue."

Boise Police began getting citizen complaints several weeks ago alleging criminal activity including prostitution occurring inside several local massage parlors.

Detectives launched an undercover investigation on four massage parlors simultaneously late Wednesday afternoon, Jan, 20. Four detectives reported when they entered the massage parlor and paid for a massage, they were also offered sex for money.

The arrests took place at the Hong Kong Spa on Broadway Avenue, the Apple Spa on North Orchard and the J Spa on Orchard.

Police arrested Sun Shim-Chang, 59, Kyong Cha Roberts, 57, Kyo Chin Oh, and Fenghua Sanford. The women were arrested for prostitution,massage license-related issues.