Two ‘bawdy houses’ busted in Chilliwack, RCMP say

Two massage parlors face suspension of business licences and six arrests have been made as RCMP continue push to stop prostitution.

Two Chilliwack massage parlors suspected of offering sexual services to customers face possible suspension of business licences and six arrests have been made as the RCMP continue a push to end prostitution here.

“Prostitution, whether it occurs out in the open or under the pretense of a legitimate business, is not only a significant social issue because of the high risk nature of the trade, it is also a priority at a national level for police because of potential links to organized crime,” Sgt. Steve McLeod, head of the RCMP’s crime reduction unit, said in a news release Wednesday.

Police said a search warrant executed Jan. 12 at a business in the 8300-block Young Road resulted in the arrest of three females and one male customer, a 48-year-old woman from Langley, a 44-year-old woman from Coquitlam, a 70-year-old woman from the Lower Mainland area, and a 41-year-old man from Chilliwack. All were released from custody on promises to return to court in April.

A second search Jan. 19 of a business in the 9200-block Young Road resulted in the arrest of a 38-year-old “female worker,” police said, a Hong Kong woman in Canada on a visitors visa, and a 38-year-old “male customer” from Saskatchewan. They were also released from custody on promises to return to court.

McLeod said there is no indication at this point that the two business are linked to each other, or connected to organized crime or human trafficking.

“But investigators continue the process to rule that out conclusively,” he added.

The names of the two businesses and the six people detained were not released.

Last spring in Chilliwack, street-level prostitutes and their customers were targeted by police resulting in a “significant decline” in the number of hookers seen in the downtown area, police said.

Police said the second phase of that enforcement effort saw the two businesses searched after “a thorough investigation revealed that local businesses were operating under the umbrella of providing massage services, but were suspected of offering sexual services to their customers.”

Police said the city has taken steps to have the business licences from both businesses suspended, but city staff were not immediately available to confirm.

In October, 2011, the RCMP arrested 30 sex trade workers and suspected johns in the city’s downtown core.

McLeod said police wanted to show the community that they are listening to local concerns and “this latest project is just one of the many ways we are doing that.”

Just Posted

Rescue boat theft marks third in 3 years for Agassiz-based SAR team

Eight-metre Spirit of Harrison rescue vessel was stolen Friday night, found Saturday morning

CRA scam the email edition targeted the Mounties in Chilliwack

Fraudsters claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency but the CRA never operates this way

COLUMN: Student voices give me hope for the future

Student Caleb Pennington wanted to know why something was taken off the agenda. So he asked.

Chilliwack newcomers celebrate multicultural community

Local Immigration Partnership helping new Canadians and refugees settle into new life

VIDEO: Rubik’s Rumble a hit at Chilliwack middle school

Students fill gymnasium for first annual tournament focusing on popular puzzle toy

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

UPDATED: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

B.C. man to plead guilty in connection with hit-and-run that killed teen

Jason Gourlay charged with failure to stop at the scene of accident, attempting to obstruct justice

Most Read