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Woman at massage parlor charged with sexual assault for giving men happy endings

By Mason White 10:18 AM May 8, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
Many female employees at a massage parlor were arrested and charged with sexual assault.

About 12 women were detained on the weekend during a prostitution sting at massage parlors in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Surprisingly, rather than facing charges of prostitution, the women are facing a more serious charge of sexual assault.

If convicted, the women would have to register as sex offenders and they could spend up to a year in prison, while a prostitution charge carries only a 30 day prison sentence.

The new tactic from the Honolulu Police Department is extremely unusual for a law enforcement agency, said legal experts and advocates for prostitutes.

Kathryn Xian, executive director of Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery said: “As advocates, we are really appalled by what law enforcement has been doing in using this unprecedented approach. Why didn’t they arrest the johns.”

Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said that the police operation was prompted by complaints from the public.

“HPD worked with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations to conduct an undercover operation in response to numerous complaints of prostitution activity and unlicensed cosmetology and massage businesses,” Yu said.