Endings Not-So-Happy For Local Spas Caught Participating in Prostitution

Business licenses revoked for two local spas after prostitution arrests in March of this year.

Two local spas have had their licenses revoked by the village this week and are out of business after employees of the businesses were arrested for prostitution back in March.

, 1911 Ogden Avenue, and , 930 Ogden Avenue, were the subjects of an undercover investigation on March 31, 2011 involving both the and the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group after DGPD received an anonymous letter tipping officials off to possible illegal activity at the locations.

“We've gotten tips before, letters, phone calls,” DGPD Deputy Chief Kurt Bluder said. “It just comes down to being able to set up an operation.”

The DGPD turned to DUMEG for help, Bluder said, because DUMEG has an expertise in conducting undercover operations.

“It takes a lot of safety and planning for these types of operations,” Bluder said. “It takes cooperation with [agencies] like DUMEG because [these operations] are not something you simply go and do. It takes a lot of resources.”

Ultimately, undercover officers went in to the businesses and certain statements, innuendos and comments were made by one employee at each location that gave officers enough to make an arrest, Bluder said. At Ace Spa, 58-year-old Jean Suk Foster of the 7200 block of West Happfield in Arlington Heights (at the time of arrest) was charged with one count of prostitution. At King's Spa, Sam C. Miller, 45-years-old of the 2200 block of Highland Avenue in Lombard (at the time of arrest) was charged with the same.

Though both Foster and Miller were only employees of the spas and were the only employees charged, prostitution at the spas was in direct violation of the license and village ordinances in the Downers Grove Municipal Code which made the businesses subject to revocation, according to Village of Downers Grove Communications Director Doug Kozlowski. The decision to pursue license revocation through an administrative hearing came from the village attorney, acting on information provided by DGPD.

A hearing officer—a third party contracted by the village but not a village employee—heard the case based on the issues relevant to compliance with the village's ordinance, and the decision was made to revoke the licenses. Ace Spa has been closed “for a while now,” according to Kozlowski, and King's Health Spa was closed today, November 16 after being served with an order revoking the license on November 15. Both businesses can appeal through the court system if they choose to.

The two businesses are independent of one another.

Downers Grove Patch writer Tony Cesare wrote a column about massage parlors on Ogden Avenue a year ago this month. To read that column, click here.

Vicki Pawlowski Dallmann November 16, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Until 2005, I lived on Stonewall just around the corner from one of these "massage parlors". We always wondered how they managed to NOT get pinched - it seemed so obvious. I can't believe they made it this long. It's about time! Nice work, DGPD.
Tony Cesare November 17, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Kudos to the DGPD. You have rid this community of one big obvious disgusting 'ewwwwww' that was nothing but a blight. That fact that these establishments were able to hide in plain site for so long is genuinely troubling. Good riddance.
Patricia November 17, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Tony, you called this way back when. You were right!
Ray November 17, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Darn it! King's Health Spa was a longtime sponsor of our bowling team! We had a great rivalry going with the Duelman's team.
Jim Pokin November 17, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Potential openings for a couple of more "Cash for Gold" places. I haven't found any extra gold in my house, so I've started panning for it in the drainage ditch in the backyard. So far, all I've come up with is plastic bags from Jewel.
Doug Grier November 18, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Now maybe we should turn Odgen Ave. over to Westmont or Claredon Hills so we can make further progress - clearly DG is incapable of developing this stretch in any kind of meaningful, coordinated manner.
Robin A. Doerr November 26, 2011 at 07:31 PM
I am a licensed Massage Therapist who runs a legit business in Elmhurst. Stories that link my business with this activity are incredibly frustrating to those of us engaged in the real deal versus sex shops. We have a State law on the books which enables unlicensed workers from doing massage of any kind, and even using the word "massage" in connection with what they do, yet over and over I get to see my profession - Massage- next to the word Parlor every day. Please be clear- if some sells horse drawn carriages and calls it a car lot that would be ridiculous. So is calling this place a SPA or Massage Business.They hide in plain sight because local officials a) charge a ridiculous rate for business licenses from any business that does "massage" and b) because they pay people to look the other way, and c) there is a demand for the sex services they offer. Patronize legit establishments, ask to see a state licensed professional and continue to report illegal businesses and those who patronize them to law enforcement, and demand that they enforce existing state laws.
Jim Pokin November 29, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Great point, Robin. I'm assuming you meant "prohibits" instead of "enables."
Kelly November 30, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Let us not forget Garden Spa is still up and running. I happened to be in Brookfield yesterday and a bit of thier part of Ogden was looking quite vibrant in comparision to DG. I do see some good activity with the old KFC (Mr. Sub?), the Vet remodel and the new gas station.
Robin A. Doerr November 30, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Yes I meant prohibit- thanks Jim.
Doug Grier November 30, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Ogden Ave. in most other towns (Lisle perhaps excepted) is looking up. Downers still has no clue or will to do much of anything meaningful.
Doug Grier November 30, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I've been emailing the police and village officials/council about the "spas" for over two years now. Was always the same answer - they are not doing anything illegal, they are legit, and there is nothing we can do. We all know now that isn't and wasn't true.
Robin A. Doerr November 30, 2011 at 04:19 PM
According to the IL Massage Licensing Act, all licensed MT's are listed at http://www.idfpr.com/license.asp where anyone can look up license status by name ( if you can get that)This means that we have 1) been fingerprinted 2) been screened against a known sex offender database 3) have met minimal requirements for education, 4) passed a standardized exam for our profession 5) continue to take classes per state requirements to renew our right to work and 6) pay for all the above. Also a legit LMT must display the license where the public can see it. Surprising that DG officials can't just enter the facilities and ask to inspect for licenses. Seems like that would not be such a huge deal. Any one who suspects that unlicensed massage (or trafficking) is happening can file a report there. But it does take time as there are only 3-4 inspectors for about 100 licensed professions. For a professional massage therapist, you can also go online to: http://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/index.html. Hope that this helps Doug!
Robin A. Doerr November 30, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Also many of these places do have one license holder that keeps the place "under the radar" - and many will try to work under that one license - also illegal. But again my pint is that they are BROTHELS not massage businesses. Let's quit using the term "massage parlors" as a salacious headline!
Ray November 30, 2011 at 05:25 PM
And what adds to the disgrace is that few, if any of them, even carry a proper brothel license.
Robert Bykowski November 30, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Ray--I see what you did there!
Kelly December 01, 2011 at 05:04 AM
I too called, emailed and spoke to anyone and everyone. On one of my first calls the polite lady on the phone replied " Thier license is current", well thank god for that.
Robert Bykowski December 07, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Chris, I deleted your comment. Your argument is fine, but it was unnecessary to refer to those who feel differently as morons.
chris pellizzari January 14, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I hate when people push "morality" on others, wasting tax payers' money, as well as the police force's precious time, in the process. Does closing down massage parlors make conservative suburbanites feel better about their own troubled marriages? Does it help erase their sexual frustration? Bars and liquor stores are a far greater threat to society than massage parlors? How many people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Downers Grove this year? But I hear no complaints on this issue. I guess alcohol is good for the boring suburbanite marriage. How does consensual sex between two adults in private have any effect on your lives? Please stop forcing your hypocritical "morality" down the throat of others. Hemingway had it right, wide lawns and narrow minds.
Robin A. Doerr January 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Sex between two consenting adults is one thing; but get real Chris! Many of these places are hubs for human trafficking and sexual slavery by unwilling girls and women brought here under false pretenses who must service multiple clients daily just for room and board and frequently get abused by traffickers. Some are young suburban girls who are runaways. Or they know little to no english and have no means of escaping that life without threat of reprisals. If you want consensual no strings sex, many swing clubs/strip clubs exist around the area where no one pays except admission fees and everyone plays. Prostitution by the name of "massage" hurts people and is no way a victimless crime. It's not morality here, it's protecting victims of crime, and also the interest of legitimate businesses of legal, non sexual, licensed massage therapy. Sounds like you need to get educated. People also do complain about bars, and drunk driving but that's not what this article was about. Human slavery is higher now than at any other time in human history. Please don't be so naive or blase about what's going on in these places.
Tony Cesare January 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM
You want to raise your kids in a neighborhood that has spank spas down the street from they're schools, that's your business. Not this neighborhood. Might I suggest east St Louis? Housing is much cheaper...
Jeffrey Crane January 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM
What about meth clinics? Any objections?
chris pellizzari January 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Tony Cesare, I love how conservatives always make it about "the children". How does a guy getting a happy ending in a massage parlor effect the children, please, oh please, explain that to me. You're going to have to do a lott better than that. The "think about the children" cliche won't work here. As for your condescending remark about moving to east St. Louis, I live in Downers Grove, born and raised here. So people with differing viewpoints should just move away? Why don't you move to Utah or Nebraska, lot of white, "moral", "Christians" there. See how ridiculous that sounds? Robin Derr, you say unwilling girls? What proof do you have? From what I can tell from this story and from other similar articles, these "unwilling girls" (the woman from Ace Spa was in her fifties according to the story) make anywhere from $70-$100 just for providing some guy manual release. They seem to be pretty profitbale "victims". Jeff Crane, comparing meth to an erotic message is so bizzare and so off point that it doesn't deserve much of a response. Meth kills people, erotic massages are simply "immoral", ridiculous comparison.
chris pellizzari January 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Robin Doerr, Also, I haven't read any stories or heard any complaints about the bars and liquor stores on Ogden Avenue, either Westmont or Downers Grove. If you could find some stories, please let me know. All I ever hear about or read about are the massage and tattoo parlors. Bars and liquor stores are accepted as "socially more acceptable" than massage and tatto parlors, even though they are responsible for drunk driving deaths and women getting physically abused and even raped by drunk boyfriends/husbands. If you are really interested in protecting potential female victims, closing down bars and liquor stores will have a far greater impact than closing down massage parlors.
Tony Cesare January 17, 2012 at 01:00 AM
@Chris-I missed the part where I discuss either my political or religious leanings, because I never did. For me it's simple, I can think of 1000 businesses that better represent the community than a spank spa, and last I checked this isn't Holland, prostitution is illegal here. We can do better.
chris pellizzari January 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Tony Cesare, Making the statement that I should move to East Louis, a poverty- stricken, predominantly African-American, liberal city, because of my differing viewpoints, makes your political convictions pretty clear. Your statements, and the fact that you are white, Italian, and live in DuPage County, where the overwhelming majority of whites are conservative, leads one to offer the educated guess that you are indeed conservative. I also see that ACE Spa is open and back in business. Good. Conservative censorhip has been defeated once again, the way Romney will be defeated in 2012. Go Obama.
Tony Cesare January 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Chris-East St.Louis is predominantly AAmerican and Liberal? My reference was meant to reflect its status as 'one of the worst cities in America to live in' (according to Forbes and realestate.msn) and as such, a more suitable place for a lively Spank Spa trade. I suppose if you filter every comment and conversation through a political POV, you would generalize the way you do. That's a shame, prevents you from ever really listening to what anyone is saying, but I understand it's the way things are now, your not alone. Glad your happy Ace reopened, just promise me you'll wear a hazmat suit, ok?? :)
chris pellizzari January 18, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Tony, you didn't know East St. Louis was predominantly African-American? I find that hard to believe. I don't visit Ace Spa, I just don't like moral hypocrisy. I like being a thorn in the side of people who have nothing better to do than bit-- and moan about massage parlors. I would never enter such a place, after all, it would be detrimental to the children, right? It's all all about the children, right? (Laughing) And please don't be so naive as to say it's not a political issue. Closing down massage parlors deals with ordinances and zoning laws and local politicians, especially conservative ones, talk about closing down the massage parlors and tattoo parlors all the time. They ignite narrow minds like yours to get elected. So please don't say it has nothing to do with politics. It's almost as ridiculous as your rants about it "being about the children."
Mike stevens April 02, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Lol you guys should just mind your business and go about your business instead of trying tk shut businesses down that contribute tax revenue. Now look at what we are going to get cash for gold and abandoned building cause are economy is in the crapper and all this nation is are big chain low wage stores. Congrats enough businesses shut down and Downers is going to have to layoff their police and firefighters lol. Keep up the great work
Ray April 02, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Do you know for sure that, when, say, a Mike s pays a little extra for ,...you know, a little extra, that that gets officially reported as revenue , with a portion going to the village?


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