Korean women face prostitution charges

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  1. Al Kikuras

    Al Kikuras

    January 26, 2006

    Four Korean women were arraigned Wednesday in Guilford Township, Franklin County, on prostitution charges, a state police Troop H vice unit corporal reports.

    Cpl. Kenny Hassinger says the arrests were the result of search warrants executed about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Apple and Evergreen spas in the 1200 and 1400 blocks of Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg.

    Solicited investigators

    According to police, the warrants were obtained following undercover investigations over the “past several days,” during which investigators were solicited for sexual contact in return for payment.

    The investigation continues and police say they have seized some assets and records of prior transactions.

    According to Hassinger, language barriers and the lack of identifying documents left the identity of the suspects in question at the time of arraignment before District Judge Kelly Rock.

    “Our undercover people say the women all spoke English during the undercover work, but they were unable to do so at the arraignment,” Hassinger says.

    Using a Korean interpreter, Hassinger says, names were added to the criminal complaints and the women were all sent to Franklin County Prison on $50,000 bail.

    According to Judge Rock, the women have been tentatively identified as Sun Sook Park, Hyun Choi Ja, Soon Deok Lee and We Hyang Hong. All four are charged with prostitution, Rock says.