11/4/2013 3:54:00 PM Authorities carry out search warrant at massage parlor
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at approximately 4:15 p.m., deputies served a search warrant at the 7900 block of Stone Creek Drive in Chanhassen.
Sheriff's deputies began an investigation into an allegation of prostitution at a massage parlor.
Preliminary information suggested women were offering sexual services, in addition to massage services, for a "$40-$60 tip."
On Oct. 29 an undercover deputy, posing as a massage customer, booked a massage appointment. During the massage, the suspect offered to provide sexual services in exchange for money.
Shortly thereafter, Sheriff's deputies entered the business with a search warrant.
Upon entry, deputies discovered the business occupied by two women and two men in adjacent massage rooms, in addition to the room occupied by the undercover deputy and suspect. All of the women were semi-clothed and at least one of the other men was nude when deputies entered the business.
Each of the women confessed to engaging in prostitution.
Deputies arrested a 37-year-old woman from Eden Prairie for felony promotion of prostitution. She is currently being held in the Carver County Jail pending formal charges from the Carver County Attorney's Office.
Deputies booked and released a 35-year-old woman from Savage and a 31-year-old woman from Richfield for misdemeanor prostitution.
Sheriff's deputies later served a search warrant at the business owner's Eden Prairie residence where they discovered additional evidence.
Sheriff Olson said, "Prostitution is not a victimless crime. Most sex workers are vulnerable and poor and duped into a life of dependency and abuse."
The male business patrons were identified and released. The case remains under investigation.
If you need assistance from police, fire or medical personnel call 9-1-1. Anyone with information related to this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff's Office at 952-361-1212. After hours call 952-361-1231.
Anonymous messages may be left on the tip line at 952-361-1224.