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UPDATE: 13 arrested at 8 Bibb massage parlors

The Macon Police Department and Bibb County Sheriff's Office announced today a raid of local massage parlors that led to the arrest of 13 women at eight local businesses.

Macon Police Spokeswoman Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said the Narcotics Unit, Strike Unit and area investigators conducted covert operations to check for compliance in local massage parlors.

Undercover deputies also visited two local massage parlors Wednesday and Thursday, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Hofmann said the independent investigations conducted by both agencies led to the arrests. Among those businesses and workers charged in the raids were:

— Palm Tree Spa, 3096 Riverside Dr.: Chung Lee Lui, 69, charged with keeping a house of prostitution, and Hee Sook Shim-Lee, 40, charged with solicitation of prostitution and masturbation for hire.

— Paradise Spa, 1032 Gray Highway: Bui Thi Le, 53, charged with keeping a house of prostitution, and Michelle Nguyen, 57, charged with solicitation of prostitution and masturbation for hire. Le was previously arrested in 2002 for prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution.

— Rose Spa, 4221 Mercer University Dr.: Trang Minh Thompson, 38, charged with keeping a house of prostitution, solicitation of prostitution and masturbation for hire.

— Tokyo Health Spa, 2790 Riverside Dr.: In Cha Britto, 63, charged with keeping a house of prostitution.

— Ultimate Spa, 3355 Pio Nono Ave.: Oanh Kim Tran, 35, charged with solicitation of prostitution and masturbation for hire, and Muoi Thi Wheless, 65, charged with keeping a house of prostitution.

— VIP Spa, 3266 Pio Nono Ave.: Tanyalaki Somjai, 37, charged with solicitation of prostitution, masturbation for hire and keeping a house of prostitution.

- Four Seasons Sauna, 3975-4 Arkwright Rd.: Eun Hee Lee charged with prositution and In Won Kang charged with keeping a place of prostitution. A deputy was propositioned for masturbation at a cost of $40 and sex for $200.

- Thailand Spa, 4378 Pio Nono Ave.: Ty Thi Nguyen, charged with prostitution and Sandy Le Tran, charged with keeping a place of prostitution. A deputy was propositioned for masturbation and sex at a cost of $120.

Hofmann said arrest warrants had also been issued for: Keum Sook Lee-Hyun, 35, of Tokyo Health Spa, who has been charged with solicitation of prostitution, masturbation for hire and sexual battery; Hyeon Joo Chae, 31, of Soft Hands Massage, 1922 Riverside Dr., charged with keeping a house of prostitution; and Eunju Hwang, 35 of Soft Hands Massage, charged with solicitation of prostitution and masturbation for hire.

Individuals arrested at the Four Seasons Sauna and Thailand Spa have posted $650 bond and have been released from the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center, according to the sheriff's office news release.

Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report.

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