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September 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yakima police shut down 6 massage parlors

YAKIMA (AP) — Authorities shut down six Asian massage parlors and arrested six people on suspicion of prostitution and practicing without a license on Saturday.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the operation involved 30 officers from Yakima, the state Department of Health and U.S. Homeland Security. Undercover police officers were used to solicit sex acts for money, which two people at the businesses agreed to perform.

Yakima police Lt. Nolan Wentz says the department got reports from local residents suspicious of the activity at the businesses in recent months.

Wentz says Homeland Security provided a Chinese interpreter to deal with the suspects, who spoke little or no English.

All six massage parlors opened in Yakima within the last year and a half, according to business license records.

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