Tuscaloosa, Alabama / February 25, 2015
Tuscaloosa Police arrest 3 Georgia women at massage parlor after finding ads for prostitution online
By Stephen Dethrage
Police in Tuscaloosa have arrested three women at a massage parlor during a four-month investigation into online advertisements for prostitution in the area.
Sgt. Brent Blankley said officers found the posts in October on a site that's functionally similar to the personal ad site craigslist, but includes more offers of illicit services.
The investigation led police to A1 Therapy and Spa on Highway 69 South, a massage parlor, where officers have arrested three women since October, including one arrest made last week.
All three were charged for operating without a massage therapist license, and two were charged with soliciting prostitution. Blankley said all three suspects are from Georgia.
45-year-old Eun Sook Kim, a Duluth, Ga., woman, was arrested in October. She was charged with one count of operating without a massage therapist license.
Also from Duluth, 51-year-old Hee Kyeong Yi was arrested in December. She was charged with one count of soliciting prostitution and one count of operating without a massage therapist license.
Chong Chu Kwak, a 58-year-old woman from Tucker, Ga., was arrested last Thursday and charged with one count of soliciting prostitution and one count of operating without a massage therapist license.
Blankley said the Tuscaloosa City Council has scheduled a public hearing on March 24 to consider the revocation of the massage parlor's business license.