Friday, July 25, 2008

Day Spa or Suburban Brothel?

Did you ever see those ads in the back of the newspaper for spas that specialize in table showers, body shampoo and the ever-popular Thai bath?

I've often wondered what goes on inside these "massage parlors."

Federal authorities have also been wondering about two day spas in affluent Chester County.

From today's edition of the Daily Local News:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, assisted by state and local police, conducted raids at day spas in Easttown and Upper Uwchlan. Authorities arrested three people.

According to a federal indictment, the three defendants operated the Swan Day Spa in the 500 block of Lancaster Avenue in Easttown, where multiple women were allegedly paid to perform sexual acts for men. The indictment characterizes (the three owners) as being co-conspirators in the brothel as far back as April 2005.

One of the women taken into custody reportedly managed both spas at one time and allegedly performed sexual acts for money, the newspaper says.

I'm still wondering what a "relaxation station" is.

Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

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