Madison Police Warn Of Prostitution Crackdown After Arrest

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MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-A prostitution-related arrest at a Madison business earlier this week is now being used as a warning shot by police investigators who are continuing a prostitution crackdown within city limits.

Authorities said Tuesday's undercover bust at Lucky's Spa and Massage on Old Madison Pike was largely due to community involvement in the case. 51-year-old Li Ping Chen was charged with prohibited acts shortly after detectives received a tip about alleged prostitution occurring inside the business.

Cpt. John Stringer told WHNT News 19 that increased community awareness can likely be traced to other recent prostitution cases that recently came to light.

"We're not going to have it [prostitution] in the city of Madison," said Stringer. "Anytime we get complaints from the community we take it seriously...because they are more aware, they're more likely to give us a call and tell us they think this is going on in our area...if you come to the city of Madison to engage in prostitution, whether it's one-on-one with someone you meet over the internet, or whether it's through a business front, we're going to investigate it. If it's going on we're going to make an arrest on it."

Police said the investigation on the Lucky Spa and Massage case continues. Signs at the business were no longer visible Thursday, with the building appearing to be vacant.