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Prostitution charges stem from massage parlor investigation

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG) A task force conducted a three-month long investigation on two dozen massage parlors and two aromatherapy shops following numerous complaints from Hesperia residents.

The operation led to the forced closure and voluntary closure of several locations including arrests for solicitation of prostitution.

The Hesperia Sheriff’s Station, City of Hesperia Code Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations Human Trafficking Task Force joined together to conduct business licenses and compliance inspections.

Approximately thirty-five employees were contacted and interviewed during this operation.

Investigators found evidence indicating additional services were being offered to customers in violation of their business licenses at both types of businesses.

Massage parlors are allowed skin to skin contact per their business licensing, however, no touching is allowed at aromatherapy businesses.

Notices to vacate were issued immediately upon realization of these violations.

The City of Hesperia Code Enforcement said they issued a total of four notices to vacate, all of which are still closed.

Four additional notices of violations were issued for minor infractions such as renewing or posting paperwork and three subjects were arrested for suspected solicitation of prostitution.

Three additional businesses were voluntarily closed by the owners, permanently.

“Hesperia Sheriff’s Station encourages our citizens to continue notifying our station about suspected illegal activity when it’s observed,”  said Karen Hunt, Media Relations for Hesperia Sheriffs Station in a news release.

This operation was in response to citizen complaints about perceived illegal activity at these locations.

During this operation Homeland Security Investigations Human Trafficking Task Force also shared educational information about Trafficking and Smuggling to business owners and employees.

Hesperia Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (760)947-1500 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760)956-5001 or remain anonymous by calling We Tip at 800-78-CRIME.

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