Police served a search warrant at a local massage business after an employee was accused of offering to perform a sexual act in exchange for money from an undercover law enforcement officer.
The search warrant was served at 11 a.m. today at Sunflower Massage by Columbus police, assisted by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.
Columbus Code Enforcement closed down the business with an emergency action order on Wednesday because it didn’t have a permit, Harris said.
The warrant service at 3974 25th St. was done as a result of tips from the public about alleged prostitution occurring at the business, Harris said.
The business, formerly known as Blue Bay Health Spa and Massage, opened in February 2017 and did not apply for a new permit with the city after the name was changed along with the ownership in December 2017.
Two people were taken to the police department for questioning but no arrests have been made, Harris said.
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