2 More arrests in prostitution ring bust at 'massage' parlors, total of 7Posted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE – Seven people are arrested after a raid by Scottsdale police on three massage parlors.
Detectives from the Scottsdale Police Department served the search warrants and a civil seizure warrant valued at over $1 million on Wednesday.
This 18-month-long investigation started with an anonymous tip that a business was being used as a front for prostitution.
Detectives searched warrants at Scottsdale Massage, Paradise Island Massage, Busy Bodies Massage and at the Mesa home of Laura Ann Walden, 55, and her live-in-boyfriend Michael Vern Sanford, 56.
In November 2008 Scottsdale police received information of possible prostitution activity at a licensed massage parlor, which turned out to be Scottsdale Massage. This parlor is owned by Walden and Sanford.
The couple opened a second massage parlor in Mesa, Paradise Island Massage, in December of 2008. Exactly one year later Sanford reportedly assumed ownership of a third parlor, Busy Bodies Massage, located at Scottsdale and Thomas Roads.
Investigators conducted undercover operations and were able to confirm that massage therapists at the three locations were offering and performing sexual acts on clients.
Detectives confiscated $18,000 in cash and thousands of dollars in equipment from the massage parlors.
On Wednesday police arrested two more suspects who were allegedly posing as massage therapists in order to conduct acts of prostitution, according to Scottsdale police.
Among those arrested were 40-year-old Fontaine Rose Grijalva, 28-year-old Phoebe Casellen Conklin, 36-year-old Amanda Lili Yu, 35-year-old Anelica Valdivieso and 42-year-old Alicia Margaret Culbert. All of these women face charges of money laundering, controlling a criminal enterprise and prostitution.