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Prostitution probe nets 12 spa arrests

– An investigation into multiple city spas, massage parlors and hotels netted a dozen prostitution arrests, police said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Fort Wayne Police’s Vice and Narcotics Division operated a daylong investigation using anonymous tips and online posts to track and arrest people involved in prostitution, city police spokeswoman Raquel Foster said. Court records show eight people were arrested on misdemeanor prostitution charges and four were arrested on misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute.

Those arrested are from Allen County and northeast Indiana as well as Ohio, Illinois and California. Police also seized nearly $2,000 spent on prostitution services, Foster said.

All the arrests were made at Q Spa, 5452 Getz Road, and Golden Spa, 9155 Lima Road, Foster said. Q Spa was also targeted in March 2011 and an employee was arrested on a prostitution charge, according to court records. Both spas were open for business Wednesday.

Foster said those arrested face misdemeanor charges, rather than felonies, until the department could conduct thorough investigations.

“These types of activities can mask something bigger, like a much larger network of child prostitution or sex trafficking,” she said.

Officers were also in several hotels and monitoring websites for people soliciting sexual favors or offering prostitution services, she said.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health offered suspects free tests for sexually transmitted diseases.

jcrothers@jg.net

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