Seattle police raided a North Seattle massage parlor earlier this month and arrested one man for promoting prostitution.
Police records say vice detectives began investigating the spa on 102nd and Lake City Way NE. in June. Police made several visits to the business where, police records say, one women offered to give an undercover detective a handjob for $60. Police also say the woman told the detective she “would have sex with me somewhere else when she got off work,” and gave the detective her phone number.
Detectives continued visiting the Lake City business between June and October, and employees continued to offer officers handjobs for $40-60, police records say. At least one woman working at the spa “did not appear to speak any English.”
Police records say none of the women associated with the business “have a license to practice massage in Washington state”
During the investigation, SPD sent in an undercover female officer to to business, where a male staff member allegedly offered to hire her to give massages, and told her “she could keep the tips from giving men ‘hand jobs’.”
Police later found ads for the business on Backpage.com and Craigslist, and filed warrants to find out who had posted the ads.
The 46-year-old man behind the ads, police records say, had also posted ads for a massage parlor in Kent.
Police served a warrant at the Kent and Lake City businesses earlier this month, and at the 46-year-old man’s home. SPD booked him into jail, and prosecutors are currently reviewing the case for possible charges.
SPD warrant records indicate that in addition to the vice case, the department’s Narcotics unit may also be investigation the owner for drug crimes and money laundering related to the businesses.