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Columbus police shut down massage parlor after serving warrant for alleged prostitution

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A massage parlor in Columbus was shut down after police executed a warrant for alleged prostitution occurring at the business.

Officers from the Columbus Police Department executed a search a warrant around 11 a.m. at Sunflower Massage on 25th Street.

Police received tips from the public about possible prostitution occurring at the business.

During the investigation, an undercover law enforcement officer entered the business where an employee later offered to perform a sexual act in exchange for money.

"Obviously we’re in the middle of a shopping center here in Columbus and it’s not the type of business we want in the community. It puts a black eye on the community, as well it discourages legitimate business owners from operating," explains Lt. Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department.

The business, which was formally known as the Blue Bay Health Spa and Massage, opened in February 2017. They did not apply for a new permit after the name and ownership changed in December of 2017.

Shortly after the warrant was served, Columbus Code Enforcement closed down the establishment with an emergency action order for a non-existent permit to operate the business.

During the warrant service two persons were taken into custody. No customers were inside the business during the bust.

"While officers were on scene processing everything and collecting evidence, a number of people pulled on the locked door, tried to get in,  saw law enforcement inside and then went quickly on their way," Lt. Harris.

The names of the female employees taken into custody have not yet been released.  The investigation is ongoing.