Columbia's Latest Crackdown on Prostitution

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Thursday, January 04 2007 Jan 4, 2007 Thursday, January 04, 2007 5:58:43 PM CST January 04, 2007 in News

Jamie Blount doesn't want her kids to see the steady stream of customers she notices next door.

"They're going to realize what it is," she said, "and is that the community that you want your children to grow up in?"

On New Year's Day, police arrested Yang Yoon on a charge of promoting prostitution, Jin Pao on a prostitution charge and Stephen Wallace on a charge of paying for prostitution.

"Several of the women were scantily clothed, and also there were several incriminating statements made by the male there," said Capt. Brad Nelson of the Columbia Police Department.

Last month, officers also arrested four people at Lynn's Massage Parlor, about a mile north of Fuji Sauna.

"The last couple of months should tell you we're going to be enforcing prostitution laws," said Nelson.

Prostitution arrests in Columbia have ranged from none up to seven a year in the past five years.

"It's just awkward," Blount complained. "You're going to daycare and you look over and you're like, "Oh" there's the [place] where we all know what goes on."

Police said they also check newspaper classified advertisments for such businesses. Thursday's paper carried an ad for Lynn's, but the person who answered the phone said the business is closed and it will stop advertising this Saturday.

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