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Three women charged with prostitution at tanning spa are freed on bonds


The three women charged with prostitution at Miami Spa Tanning and Salon in Ellicott City last week were freed from the county jail after posting $10,000 bond each yesterday morning, a correctional officer said.

Lee Ho Son, 27, Che SooK Cha, 28, and Eun Ok Han, 25, of no fixed addresses, were charged with prostitution Thursday at the spa, in the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike, police and court records said.

The spa closed following the arrests, but reopened yesterday.

County vice and narcotics detectives, the FBI and immigration agents raided the tanning spa about 9 p.m. Thursday following months of complaints from citizens, police said. Authorities found two women engaged in sex with men and recovered about 100 condoms and about $10,000 in cash, court records showed.

Ms. Han was charged in an arrest warrant for having sex with a patron twice in April, court records said.

Andrew Manning, spokesman for the Maryland-Delaware Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said his agency was involved to determine if there were interstate connections. He refused to elaborate on the investigation. Kevin Murray, supervisory specialist for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, said his agency participated to help identify the Korean nationals and make sure there were no immigration violations, which there weren't.

Across the hall at Nationwide Insurance yesterday, insurance agent Claude Flagg said the spa has placed a stigma on the other seven businesses at Malabar Plaza, but his business hasn't directly been affected.

Students at a driving school down the hall joke about the spa, write obscenities on the wall, knock on doors and ring bells inside the plaza, Mr. Flagg said.

"In other words it becomes a game with kids," he said.

"If it's prostitution, of course, they [the spa workers] should be thrown out," he said.

Most merchants in the building say they don't like the bad image associated with the spa.

Inside a dental office downstairs, receptionist Judy Fischer said it's difficult to tell if the spa's bad publicity has kept customers away.

"It's rather embarrassing," she said. "We just wish it was gone."

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