Crossville spa busted for prostitution, owner arrested

Crossville spa busted for prostitution, owner arrested

Chong Kyo Pak (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office) Chong Kyo Pak (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - A Cumberland County spa was shut down for alleged prostitution last week, and its owner was arrested on several charges including immigration violations. The bust was part of the statewide "Operation Paladin."

Chong Kyo Pak, 58, was jailed on charges of promoting prostitution and having an arrest warrant from another state.

Deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office along with agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program executed a search warrant Friday at QT Spa, 801 Peavine Road.

TBI agents had been conducting undercover investigations at the spa for prostitution activities. During the investigation, an undercover agent had gone to the spa on two different occasions and had been offered sexual favors in exchange for payment by a female working at the spa.

During their search, officers obtained numerous documents, sexual paraphernalia, and large sums of U.S. currency.

Evidence was found showing Chong was in control of the spa and had been receiving proceeds from the prostitution activity.

Officers also learned that Chong had been ordered deported from the United States in 2008, but fled to avoid deportation.

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