Shortly after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Columbus Police Department with the assistance of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, and F.B.I. executed a search a warrant at Sunflower Massage located at 3974 25th Street.
The warrant service was a result of tips received from the public in regards to alleged prostitution that was occurring at the business. During the investigation, an undercover law enforcement officer entered the establishment where an employee later offered to perform a sexual act in exchange for money.
The business, which was formally known as the Blue Bay Health Spa and Massage, opened in February 2017 and did not apply for a new permit with the City of Columbus after the name of the establishment was changed along with ownership in December of 2017. Shortly after the warrant was served, Columbus Code Enforcement closed down the establishment with an emergency action order for a non-existent permit to operate the business.
During the warrant service two persons were taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.