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Two charged after undercover sting operation on massage parlor
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An undercover sting operation at the VIP Spa on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville led to two women being charged Wednesday, June 20, 2018, with keeping a place of prostitution. - photo by Nick Watson

An undercover sting operation on a Gainesville massage parlor led to two women being charged with keeping a place of prostitution.

Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Lt. Don Scalia said the task force received several complaints about VIP Spa on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville.

The MANS unit previously found five massage parlors in late April and May they believe were involved with prostitution and other illegal practices.

Mi Young Jeon, 50, and Misook Kim, 46, both of Buford, were charged June 20 with keeping a place of prostitution. Kim was also charged with prostitution, masturbation for hire and massage without a license.

Scalia said the investigation is ongoing.

The business licenses for the five previously investigated massage parlors were revoked in May.

City Manager Bryan Lackey said the five were Hawaii Spa on McEver Road, Lee’s Spa on Atlanta Highway, Oasis Spa on Atlanta Highway, Orient Massage on Dawsonville Highway and ATR Massage on John Morrow Parkway.

Lackey said three of the businesses were notified of their revoked business licenses around the end of April and the last two businesses were notified in the past week.

The businesses would have the chance to bring their business back into compliance.

“If they come in and show that they are in compliance with the law as far as what they can do and operate within the city, then we’ll allow them to pull another permit to get their (certificate of occupancy) back,” Lackey previously told The Times. “If they get their (certificate of occupancy), then we will issue another business license for them if they show they are in compliance with our codes.”

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