3 women plead guilty to prostitution at spa Police used informants to gather evidence against them

September 02, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

Three women arrested during a raid at an Ellicott City spa pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Howard District Court yesterday.

The women, Korean immigrants, were fined $150 and ordered to complete six months of probation after they each pleaded guilty before Judge Lenore Gelfman to one count of prostitution.

Kim Chun Hwa Jensen, 27, of Jacksonville, N.C.; Yung Ye Harris,28, of New York City and Eun Ok Han, 25, of San Diego also were ordered to complete an AIDS education program.

The women were arrested after county police raided the Miami Spa in the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike on May 13. Police seized $8,000 in cash and about 100 condoms at the business.

XL "In the Oriental culture, as well as in our culture, this is a situation

that brings shame," said Michael May, a Baltimore attorney who represented the women. "What transpired . . . has imposed a punishment on these young women and has had an effect they will never forget."

Judge Gelfman gave the women probation before judgment, meaning their convictions will be removed from their records if they successfully complete the terms of their probation.

Prostitution carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and up to $500 in fines.

Assistant State's Attorney William Tucker said police investigators gave a confidential informant $140 to go to Miami Spa on April 13. The man was taken to a room at the spa, where he was instructed that a half-hour session would cost $40.

The man told a woman, identified as Han, that he wanted "everything," Mr. Tucker said. He was told by Han that he would have to pay another $100. Han, using a condom, then performed a sex act and had intercourse with him.

The informant went back to the spa on April 30 with $140 provided by police, Mr. Tucker said. He gave the money to Han, who performed a sex act and intercourse with him.

Another police informant went to the spa on May 12 and paid $140 for a sex act and intercourse with a woman identified as Jensen, Mr. Tucker said.

Police sent both informants back to the spa on May 13, where they paid Jensen and a woman identified as Harris for sex acts and intercourse, Mr. Tucker said.

Sergeant Gardner said it has become more common for police to use informants to investigate suspected prostitution because the public objects to police officers being involved.

While the informants were with the women, detectives from the county police vice and narcotics unit, and agents from the FBI and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service raided the business and arrested the women, Mr. Tucker said.

The raid came after several months of citizen complaints about questionable acts inside the business, police said. The spa, in the Malabar Plaza, closed shortly after the raid.

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