Sep 23, 2012 1:21 AM by Jacqui Heinrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massa Spa, located at 3313 West Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs, closed its doors after the third prostitution arrest at the business this year.
Sun Demanett, 58, was arrested on suspicion of keeping a place of prostitution and Tau Sook Lee was arrested on prostitution charges. Though it's a step in the right direction, area workers say it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Business leaders in the area say it's no surprise Massa Spa's owner decided on that particular section of West Colorado Avenue to set up shop; not-so-fondly dubbed 'No Man's Land', it's a part of town not wholly considered Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, or unincorporated El Paso County. It's a little bit of all three, and that's why officials say it's a magnet for unsavory dealings.
"It's become a kind of jurisdictional nightmare in terms of who is responsible for what," Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner for District 3 told News 5. "There are more aggressive types of panhandling, more increased crime, things like the prostitution ring closing down the spa because of prostitution, drugs, those kinds of things," she says.
With no captain at the helm, business owners are left to take matters into their own hands, keeping track of crime. The Organization of Westside Neighbors discovered online ads for paid sex at Massa Spa and notified the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and CSPD, who later followed up. Clark says this points to the desperate need for a panhandling ban, since crime attracts more crime and legitimate businesses are suffering.