Santa Clara County Steps Up Efforts to Shut Down Illicit Massage Parlors
SANTA CLARA COUNTY — The county District Attorney’s Office, in accordance with the Sheriff’s Office and other county agencies, have forced the closure of two massage parlors as of March 4th, 2016.
The closures come as part of an ongoing effort to temper the establishment of massage parlors intended as a facade for prostitution and/or human trafficking.
Authorities say the latest business to fall under the umbrella is Angeline’s Rejuvenating Salon on Bascom Avenue.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, a specialized team consisting of a community prosecutor from the DA’s office, as well as members of the Sheriff’s Office, County Department of Planning and Development, and City Counsel, has been investigating the case since January of 2015.
The forced closure of Angeline’s closely follows the closure of Valley Well Care about half a male away on March 1st, authorities say. Valley Well is reported to have been shut down after it was discovered on a review aggregate website specializing in houses of prostitution.
The business itself posed a safety hazard as well as a failure to obtain business licenses as required by the Department of Planning. The DA’s Office believes the owner was operating without a required permit from the Sheriff’s Office.