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Police cite massage parlors

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Thursday night wrote 11 citations during a multi-county and jurisdiction massage therapy sting operation.

Police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said investigators wrote four citations for massaging without a permit at Spa 18 on Pleasant Hill Road in Mall Corners and seven citations at Foot Spa on Old Norcross Road at Steve Reynolds.

Schiralli said no solicitations were made at either location.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the operation targeted massage therapy businesses suspected of operating without a license and criminal activity.

"Unlicensed practice of massage therapy has been associated with criminal behavior that damages both the reputation of those who comply with the law and the communities in which these businesses operate," Kemp said. "We will continue to partner with local law enforcement agencies and (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to locate and investigate businesses suspected of illegal activity."

In addition to Gwinnett police, the Secretary of State's Office of Inspector General joined forces with police departments from Johns Creek, Doraville, DeKalb County and ICE.

In all, investigators visited nine businesses and issued 19 cease and desist orders, 18 citations for violation of city, county and state ordinances and made seven arrests.

Staff Writer Josh Green contributed to this report.