UPDATE: Don’t ya just love the economic impact of all these suburbanites patronizing city massage parlors? Police arrested several women on misdemeanor licensing charges at massage parlors police say are fronts for prostitution. Police did not arrest the naked male customers because they were not caught in the act of sex. It’s not illegal to be unclothed for “massage therapy.” News release from Bill Kaempffer, Bridgeport Police spokesman:
Two weeks after shutting down 10 illegal massage parlors, police and health officials returned Thursday to make sure they remained closed down.
Members of the police narcotics and vice squad and city health department found two spas open, operating and with naked clients inside. Five women working there were arrested under the state public act governing massage parlors. The offense is a misdemeanor.
“When we first shut them down, we told the operators of these businesses we would be monitoring activity and would make arrests if they illegally reopened,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “These businesses didn’t heed our warning.”
The businesses are known fronts for prostitution, according to police.
The two massage parlors that reopened were Chate’au, at 2662 Fairfield Ave., and Kay’s Hong Kong, 604 North Ave. None of the five employees had required state licenses for massage therapists.
At Kay’s Hong Kong, police arrested manager Kumyob Dunford-Harris, 63, Chun Hee Hwang, 49, whose home addresses were listed as the spa, and Bok Duk Park, 48, of Flushing NY.
Investigators found Park naked inside a room with a 76-year-old Westport man, who also was naked.
Hwang was found in a room with a 48-year-old Cheshire man.
At Chate’au, police found a naked 64-year-old Ansonia man. Manager Fengstan Han, 44, and Jaejui Hwang, 42, were arrested. Both apparently lived at the spa.
According to police Capt. AJ Perez, Bridgeport officials hoped moving forward to conduct joint inspections with state authorities and also contacted the U.S. Attorney’s office because of the potential of human trafficking.
“The big picture is it is important to the chief of police and the people of Bridgeport that these businesses no longer function like this.”