Massage parlors raided by IMPD agree to shut down

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) Three west-side massage parlors busted for prostitution earlier this month will be permanently shut down after owners of the buildings housing them signed off on an agreement with the city.

IMPD’s Nuisance Abatement and Vice Units raided the Aegean Spa in the 8300 block of Little Eagle Court, the Spiritual Spa in the 5500 block of West 10th Street, and the Tranquil Spa in the 4900 block of W. Washington Street on May 14 after sending in undercover officers earlier in the day. Each of the officers was propositioned sex in exchange for money, IMPD Sergeant William Carter told I-Team 8.

Police arrested Han Lin, Liying Xu, Yunway Zhang, and Bo Ding on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor prostitution.

City Prosecutor Samantha DeWester also alleged that each of the parlors failed to hold a valid massage license and was operating in violation of zoning ordinances.

I-Team 8 was there as officers returned to the businesses two days later, armed with temporary restraining orders and signs notifying customers that the businesses had been shut down by the city.

At least one of the businesses had re-opened when police returned for a checkup last week, Carter told I-Team 8. It was again shut down.

Attorneys for the companies that own the buildings housing the three massage parlors appeared in court Tuesday to sign off on a preliminary injunction. According to court documents obtained by I-Team 8, the Hold Everything Trust, which owns the Spiritual Spa property, Black and Gold Holdings LLC, the Tranquil Spa property and John A. Brown and Wanda Bell-Brown, who own the Aegean Spa property, agreed to prohibit massage parlors from operating on their property and allow city inspectors inside during any normal business hours.

Only the operators of the Spiritual Spa appeared in person at the court hearing, according to court documents.

All three building owners are due to return to court next month.

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