A Santa Monica Police Department investigation into alleged prostitution activity at a massage parlor on Pico Boulevard has led to the arrests of two female employees.
Santa Monica police say they had received numerous complaints regarding possible prostitution activity at the Tokyo Health Studio, 817 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, said Santa Monica Police Lt. Frank Fabrega.
Undercover police officers visited the massage parlor Friday, January 21st, to investigate the alleged prostitution activity. A male officer wearing plain clothes entered the business at about 6:30 p.m. and asked for a massage, he said.
After paying for the massage, the officer was taken to the back room of the studio where a female masseuse offered him sex for additional money, Fabrega alleged.
The officer then signaled to two other officers, who entered the studio to make the arrest. When the two officers headed toward the back room, a second female employee who was at the front desk grabbed one of the officers and attempted to restrain him, the officer alleged.
Police arrested the two women and booked them in Santa Monica Jail.
The woman in the back room, identified as Kyung Kim, 34, of Los Angeles, was charged with prostitution and violation of a Santa Monica municipal code.
The second woman, identified as Sang Wynkoe, 50, of Los Angeles, was charged with obstructing an officer, running a house of ill repute and aiding or assisting another in the act of prostitution, Fabrega said.
Bail was set at $2,000 for Kim and $10,000 for Wynkoe.
The Tokyo Health Studio remains open from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. A female employee told The Argonaut this week that she was unaware of the January 21st arrests, but said that massages cost $50 per half-hour.
Anyone having information is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8418.