Three Women Arrested in Prostitution Sting at Bridgeville Massage Parlor

Police and the FBI had been monitoring 88 Spa in Bridgeville for months before raiding the massage parlor Tuesday and arresting three women. Here's the story you won't hear from TV news about what went into the prostitution sting.

Police heard rumblings of a prostitution ring at 88 Spa in Bridgeville not long after the massage parlor opened in the borough’s main business district in October 2011.

But investigators said they had to be patient to collect evidence and then work with federal authorities to find out if the ring also involved human trafficking or organized crime.

“We had info from neighboring businesses that it was pretty obviously what was going on there,” Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said. “But knowing something and proving it are two different things.”

By last July, King said they had enough evidence to make a case and contacted the FBI to ramp up the investigation. Federal investigators set up surveillance on the spa located across from Bridgeville’s main parking lot and sent in undercover agents.

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King said they had been preparing the raid over the past month to make sure all agencies were on the same page.

A little past noon on Tuesday, an undercover police officer went into the spa and was allegedly offered “services.” He immediately notified authorities waiting outside and they arrested three women inside the massage parlor.

King said they arrested Ok Ja Ko, 52, of Aurora, Colo., Chong Hee Kil, 57, of Glenview Ill., and Heemae Jong, 58, of Fort Lee, N.J., on prostitution and conspiracy charges. Their preliminary hearings before District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet are scheduled for Feb. 11.

Bridgeville police also plan to cite the owner of the building, Kevin Biber, who is the tax collector for South Fayette Township and the school district. King said Biber denied knowing of the prostitution ring inside his building when interviewed by investigators Tuesday. But the police chief said he will still be cited for “keeping or maintaining a disorderly house” in accordance with borough code.

“He owns the building, so ultimately he’s responsible for everyone who’s in there,” King said.

King said the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now investigating if human trafficking or organized crime was involved in the prostitution ring.

He also thanked the community and town’s business leaders for their patience while investigators made sure they had enough evidence to raid the massage parlor.

“I want to thank them for being patient,” King said. “I hope they understand that this dealt with more than just prostitution.”

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Visitor February 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM
>" Federal investigators set up surveillance on the spa located across from Bridgeville’s main parking lot and sent in undercover agents." Still waiting for the feds to send a single bankster to prison...
clint eastwood February 07, 2013 at 01:48 AM
To jaun an visitor. Not sure if you read the part about human trafficking. I don't believe the idea was to run in an get a quickie an a simple arrest . I think the big picture is to get the people involved in grabbing females an forcing them into a life a prostitution. I think everyone did a great job and I'm glad they got these scum from my town an I hope maybe they are able to save some people from this life.......
same old story February 07, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Terry Jones February 07, 2013 at 06:58 PM
@clint eastwood, kuddo's for you having the understandment that things take time to do it right way or these 'so called' people will be in the next neighboring town setting up shop again. Thanks for being the bigger person compared to Juan.
emerson February 08, 2013 at 05:07 PM
how come all the do gooders out there always have a conspiracy in mind. When the economy is as bad as it is for many un-educated people / or the competition is fierce, perhaps these women did this on thier own, with the plan of making money the old fashioned way. I give them credit for doing it up front and without the deception that the common folk do called getting married. How come we bash these women for sleeping with men for money, but when a wife does it, and then divorces and gets 50% of net worth...no body bats an eye. This is the second oldest profession around and when there is a person who needs to make a living and isnt' good at anything else...maybe this is thier niche. We don't have to agree with it or like it, but it's ever been present and ever will continue. But hell, lets legalize pot cuz we can get money in taxes. Just start taxing this profession and you'd see that it's much more common that you think!


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