You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Sexual offender nabbed in Steuben
    Just one day after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department put the word out it was looking for a registered sex offender, the department made an arrest in the case.Police were looking for Corey A.
  • Vacant house sees heavy fire damage
    Fire heavily damaged a vacant house early Tuesday.Shortly before 1 a.m., the Fort Wayne Fire Department was called to 1920 Hoagland Ave., south of downtown.
  • 4 escape burning home on St. Marys
    Four people escaped injury Tuesday when a fire ravaged their house just north of downtown.Firefighters arrived about 6 p.m. at 1037 St. Marys Ave.
Advertisement

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

Advertisement