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Owner of Janesville `spa' arrested for offering sex

Owner of Janesville `spa' arrested for offering sex

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Associated Press

JANESVILLE - Massage therapists cheered the arrest of a business operator who allegedly ran a prostitution ring from her massage therapy studio.

The 52-year-old owner of the Salon Spa in Janesville was arrested Friday on a felony charge of running a house of prostitution. She was expected to be charged Monday and was being held at the Rock County Jail.

Since January, investigators have interviewed 20 of the massage parlor's customers, who said they had received sex in exchange for money from women who work at the business.

The men, who range in age from 24 to 77, will not be prosecuted for soliciting prostitution because they cooperated with the investigation, said Lt. Danny Davis of the Janesville police.

Police have identified two or three women who work at the salon, but Davis said he doesn't expect more arrests.

"Our primary focus was substantiating the felony charge of running a house of prostitution, and that's what we accomplished," Davis said.

The woman was not a state-registered therapist, which requires the person to complete 600 classroom hours at an approved school.

Licensed therapists said the business had damaged the reputation of legitimate massage therapists.

"When someone uses (a massage business) as a cover for illegal practices, it really smears our name. It's taken a couple hundred years to pull massage out of the gutter as it is," said Mary Hathaway, co-owner of Around the Back Therapeutic Massage.


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