For release on March 4, 2016   CONTACT:
Alisha Schoen, Deputy District Attorney
Community Prosecution Unit
(408) 808-3766   ILLICIT MASSAGE PARLORS FORCED TO CLOSE, OTHERS WARNED   As part of an ongoing effort to shut down San Jose’s illicit massage parlors, the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office, along with other county agencies, forced the closure of two parlors this week.
The latest business to be shuttered is Angeline’s Rejuvenating Salon on Bascom Avenue. It was ordered to be closed by today.
The closure was the fifth one within a one-mile stretch of Bascom Avenue over the past year. These types of businesses are often fronts for prostitution and human trafficking.
“We are taking back Bascom Avenue - and it’s just the start,” Community Prosecutor Alisha Schoen said. “Anyone who thinks they can come in and open an illicit massage parlor anywhere in our city, anywhere in our county, should strongly reconsider – or get a lawyer.”
Since January of 2015, a specialized team has been working on the issue. The team consists of a community prosecutor from the DA’s Office and members of the Sheriff’s Office, the County Department of Planning and Development, and County Counsel.
The forced closure of Angeline’s closely followed the shuttering of Valley Well Care, about a half a mile away, on March 1. Valley Well Care was evicted after it was disclosed to the landlord that business was listed on a website that reviewed houses of prostitution. It also was operating without a required permit from the Sheriff’s Office. Angeline’s was riddled with building code violations and was officially closed by the Department of Planning.   # # #

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