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Vacaville sex sting on massage parlors, johns nets 7 arrests

4:13 PM, Apr 17, 2010   |    comments
  • Nga Thi My Khuu, Hoa Copleman
  • Chae Yon Hwang, Hui Cha Kim
  • Mark Wendell Galloway, Craig William Taylor, Richard Aaron Robles
    
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VACAVILLE, CA - A week-long prostitution crackdown in Vacaville led to seven arrests as officers targeted two city massage parlors as well as men soliciting prostitutes, according to a Vacaville police spokesman.

Four of the arrests came Tuesday during undercover operations investigating what has going on in the back rooms at a pair of Vacaville massage parlors, Vacaville police Det. Bryan Larsen said.

Nga Thi My Khuu of Sacramento and Hoa Copleman of Oakland were arrested at KM Massage at 500 Merchant Street Tuesday after Khuu, 43, allegedly solicited an undercover agent for a lewd sex act, Larsen said. Khuu faces prostitution charges as well as operating without a massage license.

Parlor owner Copleman, 64, was also cited for allowing Khuu to work at KM without a license. Larsen said Copleman was also present when a different massage therapist was arrested for prostitution in a similar operation at KM last October.

Then, Copleman was contacted by the police department again in January when she was warned about using unlicensed workers as well as building code violations.

Another undercover sting at Green Spa at 129 Peabody Road also led to two arrests. During a message, Larson said Chae Yon Hwang, 43, of Antelope not only offered sex to an undercover officer, but then exposed her chest and pulled down her pants to the officer, Larson said. Hwang, who was also not a licensed masseur, was arrested on prostitution as well as working without a license.

Green Spa operator Hui Cha Kim of Rancho Cordova was arrested for physical facility violations as well as allowing Hwang to perform massages without a license. Larsen said Kim, 56, was previously arrested for prostitution at Green Spa last December. 

On Thursday, officers shifted their attention to prostitution's clients, arresting three men in the city's effort to reduce the demand for prostitution in Vacaville.

Larsen said Craig William Taylor, 38, of Granite Bay; Mark Wendell Galloway, 55, of Fairfield; and Richard Aaron Robles, 30, of Vacaville were all booked on solicitation charges after allegedly answering ads offering sex, then offering money to an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.

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