Three people connected to a Macon salon promoted prostitution, laundered money and hired illegal aliens, a federal indictment says.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said a grand jury today indicted three people connected to the Sedona Tanning Salon at 1922 Riverside Avenue.
Hyeon Joo Chae, aka Hyun Joo Choi;
Kye Wol Dyreson, aka Kim;
Ki Un Jordan, aka Love;
and their company, Hong Ik Inc.
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He said investigators visited the business Thursday night and prosecutors brought their findings to the grand jury Friday.
Representatives of the FBI, IRS, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Macon Police Department attended the news conference.
Moore said authorities have been investigating the business since at least 2008.
At the press conference, Moore gave more details on how the business worked.
"Customers were asked to pay a house fee for a massage that could range anywhere from 40 to 65 dollars the customers were then taken to another room where they were told to undress were either given a shower or bath or offered sexual services for additional fees," said Moore.
Three years ago, officials raided the Sedona Tanning Salon and charged an employee with sexual battery and keeping a house of prostitution.
In response to a question, authorities declined to call it human trafficking.
"In this case we didn't have evidence that there was trafficking at the time of the investigation I will tell you often times these businesses are places that harbor victims of sex-trafficking and human-trafficking," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.