State police on Monday arrested six employees at two separate massage parlors after a two-month long undercover operation alleged that the establishments were offering sexual favors in return for money.
Louisiana State Police Investigative Support Section along with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the Attorney General’s Office executed search warrants at Young’s Therapy on Highway 415 and Rainbow Therapeutic on Highway 1, both Port Allen addresses, arresting six women.
In a press release Monday, officials said that investigators had been conducting undercover operations relating to prostitution by massage at the two Asian massage parlors over the past two months.
“During the course of these investigations, undercover agents were sent into these establishments and were offered sexual favors in exchange for money,” the release states. “Investigators have also observed these establishments advertising their services via websites known in the past to yield ads for prostitution.”
Angel Weeks, 70; Kyung Hee Kim, 54; Han Ae Ja, 53; Eun Hwa Lee, 39; and In Ja Kang, 50, were all booked on principle to prostitution by massage. Barbara Kim, 52, was arrested and booked on prostitution by massage charges.
State police Trooper 1st class Jared Sandifer said that the case is still under investigation, and he anticipates further arrests to follow.
Sandifer said that the owner of the establishment, Sang Back Kim, 46, lives out of state and charges on him are pending.
Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said that the WBRSO received several complaints months ago about the massage parlors located in the Port Allen area.
Upon beginning an investigation, he said, the WBRSO called La. State Police for help with the undercover operation because of the possibility that some of the local undercover operatives may have been noticed.
“This is something we will absolutely not tolerate in West Baton Rouge Parish,” said Johnson.