Saturday, May 24, 2003

Parlor busted; who gets the case?

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MIDDLETOWN - Police say a massage parlor here was operating outside the law - but inside a yet-to-be-determined county.

Police raided the A-1 Spa, 3587 Dixie Highway, in a small plaza where "half the building is in Butler County and half the building is in Warren County," Middletown Police Sgt. Scott Reeve said.

Officers consulted the auditors' property listings in both counties, but found no record for the address, Reeve said.

They also scoured aerial photographs and maps. Now, they're trying to track down construction blueprints. If that doesn't work, they might have to pay $1,000 to have a survey done, Reeve said.

Determining the correct county is required for the case to proceed.

A-1 Spa is the latest massage-parlor busted in the city, which lacks an ordinance to regulate such establishments, Reeve said.

For more than a year, police had been receiving allegations of prostitution at the spa, Reeve said. After conducting surveillance and undercover investigations, officers recently gathered enough evidence to obtain a warrant and make arrests, he said.

Sok Sun Yun, 44, ran the business, police said. She listed an address in Kennesaw, Ga. Yun faces charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, promoting prostitution and two counts of soliciting.

An employee, Pin Sun Johnson, 55, who gave a Laurel, Md., address, was arrested on charges of money laundering and prostitution.


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