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Seven arrests made in joint prostitution sting

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Top (left to right): Donna Lee, Kyong Suk Woo, So Yeon Kim, Jung Ja Kim. Bottom: Kyung Mi Haar, Sun Ah Cho, Chom Suk Brantley. (Courtesy: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Top (left to right): Donna Lee, Kyong Suk Woo, So Yeon Kim, Jung Ja Kim. Bottom: Kyung Mi Haar, Sun Ah Cho, Chom Suk Brantley. (Courtesy: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the Anderson Police Department combined forces in a prostitution sting that resulted in seven arrests, according to Lt. Sheila Cole with the sheriff's office.

Cole said officers simultaneously entered six businesses throughout the county and posed as customers. The businesses were Ivy Spa, 2510 River Road, Piedmont; Bally Spa, 2 Halter Drive, Piedmont; VIP Spa, 3145 Cinema Center Boulevard, Anderson; Spring Spa, 95 Welpine Road, Anderson; Lucky Spa, 121 East-West Parkway, Anderson; and Sun Spa, 3312 North Main Street, Anderson. Cole said there were no licensed massage therapists at any of the businesses.

Cole said 14 deputies and 10 police officers participated in the operation, along with two investigators from the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Six women were charged with prostitution during the sting, Cole said. Those women are Kyung Suk Woo, 56, of Duluth Georgia; Jung Ja Kim, 59, of Torrance California; Kyung Mi Haar, 46, of Doraville, Georgia; Sun Ah Cho, 33, of Anderson; Chom Suk Brantley, 61, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Donna Lee, 52, of Duluth, Georgia.

Deputies also discovered that So Yeon Kim, 36, of Anderson, South Carolina was wanted in California. She was arrested and a fugitive from justice warrant was issued, Cole said.

The DOR investigators were there to review financial aspects of each business and seized money at all locations, Cole said. The Sheriff's Office seized $5,492.00 and Anderson Police seized $500.00.

Six suspects were transported to the Anderson County Detention Center, with the exception of Donna Lee, who was transported to the Anderson City Detention Center.

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