Macon police arrest two women in spa raid

Two people were charged late Tuesday after Macon police executed a search warrant at the Palm Tree Spa on Riverside Drive.

Taken into custody were Hye Hyun Lee, 49, of Dallas, Texas, who was charged with sexual battery and prostitution, and Moo Soon Lee, 51, of Closter, N.J., who was charged with operating a business without a license, according to police.

Hye Hyun Lee was released on $2,400 bond, and Moo Soon Lee was released on $1,300 bond, according to jail records.

The department’s narcotics unit served the search warrant at the spa, located at 3096 Riverside Drive, about 9:30 p.m., according to a police news release. Undisclosed items were taken from the business.

The incident was the second police raid at the business in less than a year, and at least one other raid has occurred since 2006, police spokeswoman Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said.

In June, two other female employees were charged with keeping a house of prostitution, solicitation of prostitution and masturbation for hire.

The arrests were part of a series of raids by Macon police and Bibb County sheriff’s deputies. Thirteen women at eight local massage parlors were locked up on charges related to prostitution and solicited sex.

Police have continued to conduct undercover operations checking for compliance in local massage parlors.

Last October, when the spa appeared to be closed, The Telegraph was unable to locate the man who obtained a license for the business in October 2007 — the last business license on record.

The Palm Tree Spa remained closed Wednesday.

No other employees were present when police conducted the search Tuesday, authorities said.

Hofmann declined to answer questions regarding the nature of the police investigation or the charges filed against Hye Hyun Lee.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report.

To contact writer Ashley Tusan Joyner, call 744-4347.