Colorado Springs woman arrested on suspicion of trafficking, pimping at Asian massage parlors

By Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com - Updated: December 17, 2013 at 9:48 am • Published: December 17, 2013 | 8:10 am

A 54-year-old Colorado Springs woman arrested Dec. 12 on suspicion of human trafficking was a key player in an illegal sex ring involving several local massage parlors, court documents state.

Since July, investigators had observed Sona Blair driving several women to various Asian massage parlors across the city for purposes of prostitution, Colorado State Troopers allege.

Authorities began tailing Blair in July, after receiving information from female employees at the Magical Massage Spa during a human trafficking investigation.

One woman working at the Magical Massage Spa was arrested on suspicion of prostitution. She told Colorado Springs police that she paid $100 a week to live in the spa.

Another woman at the spa, identified by state troopers as a "cooperative," told police that Blair was involved in "every massage parlor in Colorado Springs" and charged about $200 to transport women from Denver International Airport to Colorado Springs.

The woman had admitted to using Blair's services in the past, but told police she had recently stopped due to high charges.

During the investigation, which involved multiple agencies, including Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, investigators observed Blair driving to several branches of two banks to deposit money that they believe was paid to her for transportation and placement services.

Investigators trailed Blair to three massage businesses - Pine Tree Therapy Spa, 3021 N. El Paso St.; Yuki's Spa, 3521 W. Colorado Ave.; and Healing Art Relaxation Spa, 3313 W. Colorado Ave.

With the help of information from online classified websites, investigators said they confirmed the three spas were operating as business fronts for commercialized sex.

One advertisement for Pine Tree Therapy Spa promoted having "new girls every week" and featured pictures of woman in provocative clothing, according to court documents.

State troopers said they questioned two men leaving Yuki's Spa in August.

Both men admitted paying for illicit sex acts at the spa, the troopers said.

Investigators said that between February and July, Blair made $21,325 in cash deposits to two bank accounts, but her employment history revealed that there were no earnings associated with her social security number.

Blair was booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of trafficking in adults, pimping, money laundering and pandering.

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