2 month investigation leads Fresno County Deputies making first major prostitution arrest of the year

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Lights may be out at Sandy's Day Spa and Massage Friday, but neighbors claim business at this parlor has been booming for years-- attracting a loyal and less than ideal clientele. (KFSN)

Lights may be out at Sandy's Day Spa and Massage Friday, but neighbors claim business at this parlor has been booming for years-- attracting a loyal and less than ideal clientele.

"It's just gross-- and number one, it's not proper," said Beth Schneider, neighbor.

For several months the Fresno County Sheriff's Office has been receiving complaints about two massage parlors-- both located in the same apartment complex along West Shaw. Customers said they were being offered sexual acts while neighbors like Schneider have been cleaning up the trash.

"Syringes, dirty used condoms, you name it, if it's disgusting I've had to pick it from my yard and it's all getting thrown over my fence."

On Thursday, detectives said they finally had enough evidence to make an arrest-- citing the owner, 65-year-old Lana Phrommarath, for soliciting prostitution.

"We are seeing more of these popping up in the county, where people are taking unconventional buildings and turning them into massage parlors," said Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they are looking into whether there are signs of human trafficking here-- a problem that is growing locally and nationally which often goes hand in hand with prostitution.

"Anytime something like this happens, it can empower people to share their experiences," said Botti.

Deputies hope this arrest results in more cooperation from neighbors in other parts of the county who may be noticing something a little off.

"Now that I know she's been cited, that my instinct has been correct, I will definitely be keeping a closer eye on some things," said Schneider.

If the owner is convicted she will face up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

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