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Prostitution allegations shutter D.C. spas, wrestling club

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

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 13, 2010; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , Nikita Stewart  
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I remember when the city "worked diligently" to close the various car lots on Georgia Ave., most of which are open again. So, these these spas and clubs will be right back in action after they find the right person to bribe or the DC government goes back to doing nothing on the issue.

"Worked diligently" is what the rest of us call "doing our job".

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | January 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I remember when men used to openly have sex in the various gay bars and clubs. They were never closed down, seldom regulated, and when the police or other city workers took action, those workers were denounced by the gay community. I knew of no bars or clubs where normal people patronized in which sexual relations occured.

Maybe things have changed. The city should not be in the business of allowing or licensing a bar or club in which sexual relations occur.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 13, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

You can't control the male sex drive.

Posted by: uncivil | January 13, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

There is always someone in government concerned that somewhere, sometime, someone may be having a good time.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | January 13, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

You can't control the male sex drive.

Posted by: uncivil | January 13, 2010 6:28 PM

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What about the urge to wrestle?!!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 13, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

A few of these were essentially bath houses for gay men. Hopefully police will tackle the bath house-style use of beautiful Meridian Hill Park which is in my neighborhood. Please!

Posted by: brandip_77 | January 13, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I never knew that the "Wrestling Club" had pretensions of being a "spa". If that was a "spa" I can't imagine what a dump is.
Fortunately after diligently allowing it to function for something like 15 years the city diligently closed it only after someone diligently died there. Oh, and after Jim "Taxi Cash" AIDS Grift" Graham was photographed (see City Paper) trolling outside the establishment.

Perhaps next the city should focus on its sister act down the street, The Crew Club.
It wouldn't take much diligent investigation to determine The Crew Club is to "gym" what The Wrestling Club is to "spa".

As to jnrentw who wrote: I knew of no bars or clubs where normal people patronized in which sexual relations occured.

Perhaps that is because you did not hang out where normal people did. Many still remember you hanging in the shadows at those man on man public sexcapades taking your own pleasure.

But take heart, while you were taking care of yourself normal people were getting their share. There is and have been many lockable privvies (spalettes?) spread throughout our fair city. Just ask Mr. Kimsey!

Posted by: SoCali | January 14, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

A few of these were essentially bath houses for gay men. Hopefully police will tackle the bath house-style use of beautiful Meridian Hill Park which is in my neighborhood. Please!
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Correction: ONE of these establishments catered to gay men, the other 3 were for straight men who liked receiving "massages" from female prostitutes.

Posted by: B-rod | January 14, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

HIV.

Posted by: 123cartoon | January 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why anyone in the city would care so much about these places. Maybe they don't notice how many people are killed in the city. A body was found on the sidewalk in NE today.

Posted by: cashink2003 | January 14, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Stupid puritans, always wasting the public's time and money.

Legalize it, regulate it, and tax the living hell out of it.

Posted by: Orsalia | January 14, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be abnormal if some of the 'prostitutes' in thesewere actually human trafficking victims. Report tips on potential instances of human trafficking to 1-888-3737-888 and learn more at www.slaverystillexists.org or www.stopmodernslavery.org.

Posted by: michellegdea | January 14, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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