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Police raid Rock Hill massage parlor in prostitution sting

Drug agents raided this massage parlor Thursday afternoon. Two women were arrested in a prostitution sting.
Drug agents raided this massage parlor Thursday afternoon. Two women were arrested in a prostitution sting. adouglas@heraldonline.com

Drug agents on Thursday afternoon raided a Cherry Road massage parlor, arresting two women accused in a prostitution sting.

The two women have been charged with solicitation of prostitution, said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. The women were arrested at Latin Hands Spa at 2443 Cherry Road.

Police booking records showed the women charged are Aynsley Saunders, 35, of Charlotte, and Liliana Antonio, 42, of Mount Holly, N.C. Neither woman has a prior arrest on prostitution charges, police say.

A Rock Hill police officer escorted the two women out of the building in handcuffs just after 3:30 p.m. They made no comment to reporters as they left the business and were seated in the back of a patrol car.

The Latin Hands Spa is located near several commercial businesses on Cherry Road.

Neighbors told The Herald’s news partner, WSOC-TV, that the parlor has been at the Cherry Commons location for about a month. They were suspicious because of the dark windows and lack of signage. Undercover police found the parlor advertised on the website Backpage.com.

During the raid, agents seized a laptop, cellphones, a camera system, documents, and $500 in cash.

Police started investigating the business over recent weeks after several people complained about possible prostitution inside, Brown said. Undercover agents discovered two rooms and up to four employees engaged in the illegal activity.

It’s unlikely that police have enough information to arrest the two other women suspected of soliciting for prostitution at Latin Hands Spa, Brown said.

Inside the business, agents found body fluids in both massage rooms, in a bathroom, and on towels and sheets, Brown said. The women were charging around $300 to perform sexual acts on customers, officials say.

Brown said the prostitution charge is a misdemeanor offense in South Carolina. Similar stings have happened in Fort Mill at hotels near Carowinds Boulevard and at businesses posing as massage parlors, he said.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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