Massage parlor shut down by police

Photo courtesy of the Columbus Police Dept.

A Columbus massage parlor has been shut down after a Wednesday morning sting operation. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that shortly after 11 a.m., CPD officers, with the assistance of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, and F.B.I. executed a search a warrant at Sunflower Massage located at 3974 25th Street.

Harris says the warrant came about after the department received tips from the public alleging prostitution at the business. During the investigation, an undercover law enforcement officer entered the establishment where an employee allegedly offered to perform a sexual act in exchange for money.

The business, which was formerly known as the Blue Bay Health Spa and Massage, opened in February 2017. Authorities say the business did not apply for a new permit from the city after the parlor’s name and ownership changed. Shortly after the warrant was served, Harris says that Columbus Code Enforcement closed down the establishment with an emergency action order.

Authorities say that two people were taken into custody. Their names have not been released. The investigation is ongoing.