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Oakwood spa closes after woman arrested for prostitution

POSTED: November 22, 2013 11:57 p.m.

An Oakwood spa agreed to close its business after an employee was arrested for prostitution in an undercover sting, law enforcement officials said.

Hyun Ran Lee, 42, has been charged with prostitution, masturbation for hire and keeping a place of prostitution, Oakwood Police Department Chief Randall Moon said.

Lee is a resident of Centreville, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. A Hall County magistrate judge set her bond at $5,000.

“We received several complaints from concerned citizens on the Oakwood Day Spa, which is located at the corner of McEver and Mundy Mill road(s),” Moon said.

According to complaints, clients were being provided sexual favors beyond a massage, Moon said, prompting the police investigation.

“After months of investigating and looking at it, we had sent an undercover officer in. He went in for a simple massage. He personally was propositioned for a sexual act,” Moon said.

Moon stressed that no sexual act was performed prior to the Nov. 14 arrest.

“Once the proposition was made, and the money exchanged hands, the arrest was made,” he said.

Oakwood pulled the parlor’s business license until further review before the city council. On Friday, the owner agreed to close the business, Moon said.

“That’s about it; we’re not going to charge him with anything,” Moon said.

Other spas in and around Oakwood have been alleged to be involved in the same practice, Moon said. Additional planned raids had to be delayed, but Moon hopes the lone bust serves as a deterrent.

“We’d much rather them stop and comply with the law than us having to raid them. We’re after voluntary compliance of the law,” Moon said.

Moon said Hyun’s Virginia residency did raise some eyebrows. It “makes you wonder why she’s down here,” he said, prompting extra scrutiny on a possible human trafficking angle.

“We had some complaints of what people thought was human trafficking,” Moon said. “We did look at that aspect. We just didn’t see anything that would warrant human trafficking.”

Any further digging, he said, would be cost-prohibitive for the small department. In fact, the department was hard-pressed for assistance from stretched-thin agencies to execute the operation.

“We had asked for a lot of assistance, and sometimes you’re told, ‘Well if it doesn’t involve terrorism, we can’t help,’ and then other instances, like with Gwinnett County, we reached out, but they’re snowed under with the same issue,” Moon said. “That was our biggest problem, was getting some one in there who doesn’t know us.”

The help of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad was pivotal in the operation, Moon said. An agent was able to work undercover without being recognized in the small town.

“We’re a small town; everyone knows us — we put out calendars with our pictures on it. So we just had to find an officer who could go in that wasn’t known,” he said.

The department confiscated video surveillance from the spa, but that police will not pursue identifying and charging customers.

The practice is not an uncommon complaint, Moon said.

“I think this is a pretty common thing. A lot of these spas are offering this type of stuff,” Moon said. “There are legitimate ones out there, but then there are those that are offering it. There’s a lot of money to be made in it, that’s for sure.”

But he doubted there was any confusion as to the legality of the exchange.

“I think the law really clearly speaks for itself,” Moon said. “Any time you have sex for money or you’re paying for sexual favors, you know it’s illegal — whether it’s done for the concept of a massage that’s gone too far or being outright propositioned for sex.”


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