Greenbelt Police reported Friday that charges are pending against two businesses that they raided and suspect are brothels.
The Greenbelt Police Department said that, along with the Metropolitan Area Drug Task Force (MADTF), they executed a search and seizure warrant on May 27 into a possible brothel that police say was posing as an acupuncture health facility, operating from a business complex at 7335 Hanover Parkway, Suite C & D, in Greenbelt.
After what they uncovered there, police began to suspect another institution that they had received complaints about as well, Greenbelt Police Chief James Craze said.
On Wednesday, MADTF and the Greenbelt police executed another search and seize warrant into a suspected brothel known as Rising Sun Massage, located at 7743 Belle Pointe Drive in Greenbelt.
Chief Craze said they were tipped off by a citizen who had gone to the Hanover Parkway location for a legitimate massage and then complained that one of the workers solicited the citizen.
"From every appearance," Chief Craze said, "they looked like legitimate businesses, placed in legitimate business locations."
Patch has attempted to call the two businesses for comment several times. No one answered at the two listed phone numbers.
The investigation of the Hanover Parkway location revealed that illegal sex acts were allegedly being performed inside the business in exchange for money, according to the Greenbelt police, who report a search of the business also revealed numerous documents, including $2,415, ledgers containing payment records for services, and bank account and credit card information.
At Rising Sun Massage, Greenbelt police reported they seized $7,702, bank statements, credit card receipts and surveillance equipment that was used to monitor access into the establishment, as well as numerous condoms and other paraphernalia.