Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Following Citizen Complaints, Boise PD arrests 4 for Prostitution at local Massage Parlors

01-21-10 Following Citizen Complaints, Boise PD arrests 4 for Prostitution at local Massage Parlors
     Boise, Jan. 21, 2010 - Boise Police, investigating recent citizen complaints of possible criminal activity associated with several local massage parlors, arrested four women at four different Boise massage parlors on Wednesday.

   Charges against the suspects include prostitution, giving a massage without a city license, and violating city sanitary requirements by living or allowing employees to live and sleep inside the massage parlor.
 
   "For citizens who complain about this type of criminal activity, it comes down to the quality of life they perceive, either where they live or where they work," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police vice-narcotics unit.
 
   "When it becomes a priority for citizens to complain, we do our best to make it a priority to investigate. We have to focus our resources where the problems are. We know this type of activity may be occurring, so we appreciate citizens who can point to areas where it's becoming an issue," said Sgt. Harrington.

   What Happened: Boise Police began getting citizen complaints several weeks ago alleging criminal activity including prostitution occurring inside several local massage parlors.

  Detectives with the Boise Police vice-narcotics unit, working with Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers, launched an undercover investigation on four massage parlors simultaneously late Wednesday afternoon, Jan, 20th.

   Four detectives reported when they entered the massage parlor and paid for a massage, they were also offered sex for money.

   During the investigation, in addition to evidence of prostitution (Idaho State Code 18-5613), officers also found evidence the suspects were giving massages without a required Boise city massage license (Boise City Code 5-35-02(a)), employed workers without a massage license (Boise City Code 5-35-07), and violated Boise City business operating and sanitary requirements by allowing individuals to use the business as a place to live and sleep (Boise City Code 5-35-13(g)).
   All the charges are criminal misdemeanors. Violations of the Boise City Codes carry a penalty of a $300 fine and/or 6 months in jail. Prostitution is a state offense and a general misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
 
  
Arrested: Sun Shim-Chang, 59, Boise
Location of Arrest: 1129 Broadway Ave, Hong Kong Spa.
Charges: Prostitution (m), Massage license required (m), Unlicensed massagist (m), Sanitary requirements violation (m).

Cited: Fuzi Wu, 41, Elk Grove, IL
Location of Arrest: 1129 Broadway Ave, Hong Kong Spa.
Charge: Massage license required (m)

Arrested: Kyong Cha Roberts, 57, Boise
Location of Arrest: 174 N. Orchard St., Apple Spa.
Charges: Prostitution (m), Massage license required (m)

Arrested: Kyo Chin Oh, 50, Boise
Location of Arrest: 6004 W. Overland, J Spa.
Charges: Prostitution (m), Sanitary requirements violation (m).

Arrested: Fenghua Sanford, 48, Garden City
Location of Arrest: 6316 W. Overland, Aloha Spa.
Charges: Prostitution (m), Massage license required (m)

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Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
Boise Police Department
PIO, Boise Fire Dept.
(208) 570-6180
lhightower@cityofboise.org
www.boisepolice.org