Macon massage parlor raids net 3 more arrests

Three women have been charged after more raids at Macon massage parlors, including one woman who was previously arrested in a 2008 sweep.

On Oct. 21, members of the police vice unit started an operation investigating alleged street level prostitution, and they began checking in on massage parlors Tuesday.

Of the seven massage parlors that undercover officers visited, arrests were made at Angel’s Spa on Atwood Drive, Paradise Spa on Gray Highway and Country Hills Spa on Pio Nono Avenue, Sgt. Mike Kenirey said.

Kenirey said the massage parlor investigation was not connected with the Monday death of a 57-year-old man at Country Hills Spa.

“It just so happened it was at about the same time,” he said. “We’re always actively working the street level prostitution and the massage parlors.”

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said autopsy results showed that the man died of a heart attack brought on by cardiovascular disease. No charges have been filed in connection with his death.

Kenirey said officers will continue to investigate the massage parlors until officers stop finding illegal activity.

Arrested were:

Ÿ Huong T. Curry, 60, of Pio Nono Avenue, on charges of prostitution at Country Hills Spa, 3478 Pio Nono Ave. Curry was arrested about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday and released on $650 bond, according to Bibb County jail records.

Ÿ Yong Suk Dew, 48, of Atwood Drive, on charges of masturbation for hire at Angel’s Spa, 1672 N. Atwood Drive. Dew was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and released on $650 bond, records showed.

Ÿ Bui Thi Le, 54, of Gray Highway, on charges of masturbation for hire at Paradise Spa, 1032 Gray Highway. Le was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and released on $650 bond, records showed.

Le was scheduled to be tried next week on a previous charge of keeping a house of prostitution, stemming from a June 2008 massage parlor raid, said Rebecca Grist, an assistant Bibb County solicitor. The trial was postponed due to Le’s arrest Tuesday.

Police officers and Bibb County deputies have been investigating massage parlors since June 2008, identifying businesses that they believe could be operating illegally as a front for prostitution, and sending in undercover officers. More than two dozen women have been arrested.

Three women have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the raids. The others are awaiting trial, Grist said.

Ÿ Hee Sook Shim-Lee, 40, pleaded guilty to prostitution March 20 and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and serve a year on probation.

Ÿ Chung Lee Lui, 69, pleaded guilty to keeping a house of prostitution March 20. She was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and serve a year on probation.

Ÿ In Cha Britto, 64, pleaded guilty to two counts of keeping a place of prostitution July 22. She was sentenced to a two-year suspended jail sentence, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and was banned from Bibb County.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.