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Seven O.C. massage parlors are fronts for prostitution, authorities allege

March 12, 2011 | 12:01 pm

Seven Costa Mesa massage parlors, all within one business complex, were accused of being fronts for prostitution and were served with search warrants Friday by police, prosecutors and immigration officials.

"From the layman's perspective, it appears to be a commercial brothel," said Costa Mesa police Lt. Mark Manley.

The businesses are bundled into a small facility at 440 Fair Drive, where there are also three marijuana dispensaries and a pizza parlor. The massage parlors served warrants Friday are Relax Zone, Super Day Spa Massage, Angel Massage, Fantastic Spa, Rainbow Spa, A1 Oriental Massage Inc. and Visage Spa.

The complex is about 50 yards from the College Park neighborhood, and within half a mile of schools, the civic center and the Orange County Fairgrounds. Officials gave notices to the seven businesses that they would have their licenses rescinded within 30 days.

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-- Joseph Serna, Times Community News