NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants on four businesses Wednesday as part of an investigation into organized prostitution and human trafficking.
The investigation, which was aided by multiple law enforcement agencies, resulted in one person being arrested and two businesses being padlocked.
The first business targeted by authorities was C&K Spa on Peavine Road in Crossville. Huichu Sandve, 46, was arrested for prostitution and booked into the Cumberland County jail on $10,000 bond.
The second business was Interstate Spa on Old Patton Lane in Rockwood. Two people were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license.
The third business, which was ultimately padlocked, was Rainbow Spa on Deactur Pike in Athens. Two individuals were questioned about prostitution and performing massages without a license. Charges are anticipated.
The fourth business, also padlocked, was Royal Therapy on South Lowry Street in Smyrna. Arrest warrants have been issued for Nam Rye Jang for impersonation of a licensed professional and promoting prostitution.
Georgia Warrick’s business, Georgia’s Sports Bar and Grill is located next to the Royal Therapy. She had her suspicions about the business.
“It didn’t seem right. The tinted dark windows and the little dark window when you first walk in,” said Warrick.
“It’s like a movie, or like a TV show or something. You don’t think it’s going to be right next door to you. It’s interesting to realize it actually happens here in this area,” said Ami Bush, who works at a staffing agency next to the Royal Therapy.
Just last week, four people were charged after a Nashville massage parlor was raided by authorities.
In February, detectives raided four Nashville massage parlors after receiving community complaints and determining that sex acts were being performed for money. Ten persons were arrested from those four establishments.
Owner of Kiva Salon and Spa, Dick Minton said if a massage parlor is legal they will have a license issued by the Tennessee Health Department and it should be in plain view.
The masseuse should also have a license displayed in the room they are performing a massage.
Minton hopes police continue to find these illegal businesses.
“I’m kind of glad they have investigated these places and are shutting them down because it gives everybody a bad name,” said Minton.
He said if you suspect anything illegal, report it to police.