No happy ending as 5 massage parlors in Burien busted as fronts for prostitution


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On Thursday (Dec. 4), detectives from numerous federal and local agencies served simultaneous search warrants at six businesses and four residences – including five in Burien – along with unincorporated King County, Seattle, Kent and Snohomish County.

This investigation started three months ago after complaints from citizens in the Burien area over activity at massage parlors in the city. Detectives were able to determine employees in these businesses were engaging acts of prostitution.

Many of the workers at these businesses are exploited by the owners via excessive fees levied against them for rent and other charges. This results in the employees never being able to get out of debt to the owners, trapping them in a never-ending cycle of victimization.

Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer said his agency sees this operation as part of his department’s “commitment to some of the most vulnerable people in our community that are repeatedly exploited by human traffickers.”

Five of the businesses searched were in Burien, and they will have their licenses revoked by City of Burien Code Enforcement. There were nine arrests; three of those people were booked into jail for Promoting Prostitution.

We spoke with an employee of a neighboring business to one of the busted spas, and he told us he often witnessed “many late night visits from men” coming and going into the parlor on 1st Ave South.

He also told us about the heavy police turnout Thursday morning, where officers were seen escorting women from the business, along with numerous boxes of what appeared to be clothing.

The investigation will continue over the coming weeks, with the possibility of more arrests in the future.

Charges of Promoting Prostitution are likely along with associated financial crimes.

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6 Responses to “No happy ending as 5 massage parlors in Burien busted as fronts for prostitution”
  1. Joyael says:

    Good. As a massage therapist, it is always a victory for the profession when illegitimate “masseurs/parlors” are shut down. There are no “happy endings” in therapeutic massage.
    As a woman, I hope the “masseurs” get support and help to get out of the victimization and probably trafficking they have been subject to and abused by.

  2. Janet says:

    Go get ’em, police! As a Licensed Massage Practitioner, I am sick of this profession being used as a front for prostitution. Now…please get the Renton police to do the same, because I’ve been told it’s pretty rampant there, as well.

  3. Name (required) says:

    What are the businesses’ names and addresses?

    • othersideofthetracks says:

      Name, I think I would wait awhile before visiting one..*lol*

      • Name (required) says:

        Not impressed with these incomplete news stories.

        • jimmy says:

          I will take a guess that with a on going investigation if the names are release then that would kinda screw things up for the cops. So Ms or Mr required maybe you didn’t think of this and just thought the editor decided to just say screw it and posted half story. I don’t see any reason for editor to do that it seems more logical that the info your seeking has not been released. But if you want to find out you can try going down to the police station and asking. Then again you probably don’t want do that you just want sit at your computer put in anonymous name and look like a jacka** instead .

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