Crime

Owner of Fife massage parlor charged with promoting prostitution

Masseuses at a Fife clinic were offering more than deep tissue massages and foot rubs, police said.

Law enforcement officers launched an undercover investigation in August 2014 into activities at the Wellness Center on Pacific Highway.

Undercover detectives visited the business five times between August and February and each time the masseuse tried to perform sexual favors as part of the $70 massage fee, according to charging papers.

Police noted that at least one employee appeared to be living at the business and the owner, Su Hyon Jones, never performed any of the massages.

On Monday, police served a search warrant at the clinic and found three women inside.

Jones, 62, denied any type of prostitution was happening at her business.

“The defendant said she owns the business and that she is the only one licensed to perform massages,” records show. “The defendant said the other women did not provide massages and merely helped with cleaning and other simple tasks.”

Detectives interviewed the other masseuses present when the warrant was served and each admitted she performed sexual services in addition to massages. None of the three was immediately charged.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to second-degree promoting prostitution and was released on her own recognizance.

Prosecutors said they might file human trafficking charges depending on what the ongoing investigations reveals.

The investigation was conducted by an inter-agency task force that included Lakewood Police officers.

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