Police: Prostitution raid in Middletown nets 5 arrests

Posted: April 10, 2001

MIDDLETOWN — Police said yesterday that they had arrested the owners and three employees of a Korean massage parlor and seized more than $26,000 after a three-month investigation revealed what they alleged was a house of prostitution.

The two owners of Green's Spa, 607 E. Lincoln Highway - Nina Barnes, 66, and Duk Kwi Kim, 47 - were arrested during the raid Friday evening, culminating the undercover investigation, police said.

Barnes and Kim, both of Lansdale, were charged with prostitution, promoting prostitution, criminal conspiracy, and dealing in proceeds of a corrupt organization. The latter, police said, falls under the state's racketeering statutes for racketeering enterprises.

Police said Jin Sook Chang, 48, and Eun Young Choi, 26, neither of whom had a known address, were working as prostitutes at the location at the time of the raid and were charged with prostitution.

A third woman - Kyong Hee Choi, 48, also with no known address - was identified as running the operation, police said, and was charged with promoting prostitution, prostitution and conspiracy.

On March 2, Hatfield Township police raided the Hatfield Spa, 1739 N. Broad St., also owned by Kim, and charged three employees with prostitution. That investigation is continuing, Hatfield investigators said yesterday.

The five suspects in Friday's raid were arraigned before District Justice Joseph Falcone, who set bail at $60,000 each and sent them to Bucks County prison.

Barnes and Kim were freed after bail was posted. The others remained in prison yesterday evening.

The $26,000 was hidden in $1,000 amounts sealed in envelopes labeled as daily receipts for the services provided, police said.

Prosecutors said they would seek forfeiture of the money.

Richard V. Sabatini's e-mail address is rsabatini@phillynews.com.

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