Seven arrested in prostitution round-up

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Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Anderson Police Department combined forces in a prostitution round-up Thursday afternoon which resulted in seven arrests. Simultaneous entries were made by officers posing as customers in six businesses throughout the county.

The businesses are: Ivy Spa, 2510 River Road, Piedmont; Bally Spa, 2 Halter Drive, Piedmont; VIP Spa, 3145 Cinema Center Boulevard, Anderson; Spring Spa, 95 Welpine Road, Anderson; Lucky Spa, 121 East-West Parkway, Anderson; and Sun Spa, 3312 North Main Street, Anderson.

The investigations stemmed from complaints received throughout the county, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Charged with Prostitution are: Kyung Suk Woo, 56, of Duluth Georgia; Jung Ja Kim, 59, of Torrance California; Kyung Mi Haar, 46, of Doraville, Georgia (also provided an Anderson, South Carolina address); Sun Ah Cho, 33, of Anderson (also provided a Las Vegas, Nevada address); Chom Suk Brantley, 61, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Donna Lee, 52, of Duluth, Georgia.

A seventh person, So Yeon Kim, 36, of Anderson, South Carolina (also provided a Houston, Texas address) was found to be wanted in California. She was arrested and a Fugitive from Justice Warrant was issued.

Fourteen investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and 10 from the Police Department participated in the operation. Accompanying the officers were two investigators from the South Carolina Department of Revenue. The DOR investigators were there to review financial aspects of each business.

There were no licensed massage therapists at any of the businesses and seizures of money were made at all locations. The Sheriff’s Office seized $5,492 and Anderson Police seized $500.

Those arrested were transported to the Anderson County Detention Center, with the exception of Donna Lee. She was transported to the Anderson City Detention Center. All are still being held in their respective jails.