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Two massage parlors shut down by DA for alleged prostitution

Published February 11. 2011 05:00PM

The economy may be dormant in most of the country but two massage parlors in Schuylkill County appeared to be doing a booming business until closed by District Attorney James P. Goodman and charged with operating an alleged prostitution business.

Detectives from the district attorney's office converged on the two massage parlors, Spa 61, located along SR61 between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven in the former state police barracks, and Aroma Spa located on south side of SR61 south of Schuylkill Haven.

Arrested and charged with prostitution and criminal solilcitation stemming from the Aroma Spa was Sunja Song, 31, Reading area. She was arraigned by on-call District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. Goodman said additional warrants have been issued by District Judge David A. Platchko, of Port Carbon, for three other females, one working at Aroma and two at Spa 61.

Detectives seized surveillance cameras, more than $6,000 in cash, communication equipment, business records and prostitution related items.

Goodman reported the raids were the result of receiving civilian complaints over several months. Assistant District Attorney William C. Reiley and detectives from the district attorney's office conducted an investigation.

Goodman expressed gratitute to the citizens who gave the report and renewed his plea for anyone who has information about crimes occurring in their communities to call the Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-847-7492 or 570-739-2660. Criminal activities concerning drugs can be called to the district attorney's drug tip line at 1-800-414-1406.

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