A sting at a Chanhassen massage business revealed the shop was a front for prostitution, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Wednesday evening. The owner of the Valora Massage business is a year-old Eden Prairie woman whose home was also searched, where incriminating evidence turned up as well, Olson said. Two female workers, a year-old from Savage and a year-old from Richfield, were issued citations for misdemeanor prostitution offenses and released. Authorities said they were caught semi-clothed, with at least one nude male customer, he said.
Another seminude woman, the business owner, was jailed. The sting came as the city of Chanhassen has been grappling with the creation of a new ordinance that would regulate massage businesses by setting up safeguards that would keep prostitution out of the city — while at the same time are not being onerous to legitimate massage services.
After receiving complaints from residents, an undercover deputy, posing as a massage customer, had booked a massage appointment Tuesday. During the massage, one of the suspects offered to provide sexual services in exchange for money, the deputy reported.
The deputies found two women workers and two men in adjacent massage rooms, in addition to the room occupied by the undercover deputy and the other suspect. Home All Sections.
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