EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso County Attorney’s Office has obtained an injunction against a massage parlor in El Paso, Far East, which is often used for illegal activity.
A judgment was served on the âDay Spa Massageâ facility on Tuesday, pending the outcome of a 16
District officials said the lawsuit was the result of work between the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Licensing Regulation, the deputy unit of the El Paso Police Department and the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.
The El Paso County Prosecutor’s Anti-Harassment Team opened the case after several reported complaints of illegal activity at the massage parlor at 800 N. Zaragoza Rd., Ste. Ã.
The lawsuit alleges that “Day Spa Massage” habitually violates sections of the Texas Occupations Code and the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Authorities said violations included hiring unlicensed massage therapists and evidence that male clients who frequently attend day spa massages are being offered and received sexual services.
The lawsuit specifically alleges that the district attorney’s office, with the assistance of law enforcement officers and state inspectors, has documented at least 86 suspected violations at the facility over the past 16 months. This also includes working without a license and allowing people who are not licensed massage therapists to perform massages. In addition, the lawsuit finds that there is evidence that employees live on the premises.
Evidence was presented to the District Court in Law No. 6 on Monday, August 2, 2021 in relation to the case where the application for a restraining order was approved by the Honorable Judge Sue Kurita. The facility closed the following day and will remain closed until at least Monday, August 16, 2021 when the court hears evidence to consider approving an injunction.
âThe County Attorney’s Nuisance Abatement Team, working with law enforcement agencies, plays an essential role in holding companies accountable for allowing ongoing criminal activity. In this case, the result was a temporary shutdown of the company with a hearing to determine the future of that company, âsaid El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.
“Even during the pandemic, our office continues to work hard to protect residents from criminal activity by using every tool we can to identify and alleviate public nuisance,” added Bernal.
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