The District has shut down several health spas, social clubs and massage parlors that officials found to be associated with prostitution and illegal sexually-oriented activities, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles.
City agencies used new regulations that allow them to immediately shutter the businesses.
"The District has worked diligently to bring to light the illegal activities occurring at these unsafe businesses and fought to keep them closed for a safer and peaceful community," Nickles said in a statement. "As part of this initiative, the District has used and will continue to use every tool at its disposal to make sure such illegal activities will not be tolerated."
The news release listed the following businesses among those closed: Orange Spa at 617 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; Star Spa at 1829 M Street NW; D.C. Wrestling Club at 1618 14th Street NW; VIP Spa at 719 8th Street, SE and 1429 Parkwood Place, NW. None could be reached for comment today.
According to the release, the city "will continue taking legal action against property owners who rent space to these businesses and will inform property owners about the illicit activities occurring at their premises."
-- Nikita Stewart