February 25, 2024
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After receiving quite a few complaints from neighborhood members and companies, Metropolis Lawyer Mara Elliott and San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit Tuesday introduced the tip of a months-long joint investigation into the Ocean Spa therapeutic massage parlor in Kearny Mesa.

Elliott has filed a civil regulation enforcement motion to cease prostitution and attainable human trafficking occurring on the parlor, based on Lt. Daniel Meyer of the San Diego Police Division.

“Neighboring companies complained the location was the supply of foot site visitors at odd hours, individuals having intercourse in parked vehicles and sexual noises loud sufficient to disrupt a close-by church service,” Meyer stated.

After receiving complaints relating to illicit sexual actions at Ocean Spa, together with felony, nuisance and lewd actions, the SDPD’s Vice Unit started an investigation, working immediately with the Nuisance Abatement Unit of the Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace in preparation for prosecution, the lieutenant stated.

“The homeowners of Ocean Spa have been masquerading as a authentic enterprise for a lot too lengthy,” Elliott stated. “Ocean Spa is a intercourse store — not a therapeutic massage parlor — and it has no place in our neighborhood or wherever else. We stay up for holding these perpetrators accountable and to restoring peace on this complicated.”

The SDPD spent greater than 125 hours investigating prostitution-related crimes at Ocean Spa final 12 months alone, Meyer stated.

On not less than 4 events, spa employees provided to promote intercourse to undercover cops, which led to the arrest of not less than 4 people for prostitution, Meyer stated. Authorities additionally allegedly documented greater than 1,270 on-line commercials for intercourse acts on the spa within the final 5 years.

“The San Diego Police Division takes neighborhood complaints of this nature very severely,” Nisleit stated. “Our vice unit’s thorough investigation into the operation at companies identical to Ocean Spa carry peace and civility again to San Diego neighborhoods. We’re grateful for the collaboration with town lawyer to eradicate such a felony conduct in our communities.”

Elliott has requested the courtroom to ban Ocean Spa’s continued operation of an unlawful red-light enterprise, to drive them to pay greater than $100,000 in civil penalties, and to reimburse town for lawyer charges and different monies spent responding to police calls and different enforcement-related actions.

Town lawyer’s criticism additionally alleges that town code inspector discovered proof that signifies Ocean Spa’s staff lived on the premises.

“We’re not satisfied that these girls voluntarily offered intercourse,” Elliot stated. “We’re very involved concerning the well-being of those staff.”

Makes an attempt to succeed in the enterprise for a response to the allegations have been unsuccessful.

–Metropolis Information Service