Woman charged with prostitution, running illegal massage parlor

Woman charged with prostitution, running illegal massage parlor
(Source: Rowan County Detention Center)
(Source: Rowan County Detention Center)

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A woman at the center of a massage parlor prostitution case in Rowan County was arrested after she missed a court date earlier this week because she was in jail elsewhere in North Carolina, investigators say.

Amy Jo Honeycutt, 46, was booked into the Rowan County jail around 12 a.m. Thursday.

Honeycutt was set to face a judge Tuesday, but was being held in Transylvania County for a probation violation for driving with license revoked.

Honeycutt was previously arrested on New Year's Eve after complaints about sexual activity happening at two illegal massage parlors in Salisbury.

The company was operating under the name The Original Hott Pink Therapeutic Massage Spa, Incorporated, and advertised on social media through a Facebook page.

Investigators say the spa charged clients between $60 and $160 for services and that prices were determined by the services given, and the amount of clothes worn by the women at the time.

The bust happened at a duplex at 420 D Avenue in Salisbury. According to a search warrant, no business license was issued for that location.

The investigation began after a former employee came to police and said Honeycutt asked her to "start performing sex with her customers," according to the warrant.

An undercover officer found a phone number on the Facebook page for The Original Hott Pink and called to make an appointment for the next day. The employee then texted him the location of the building.

When the officer arrived, he was told that a 30-minute massage would cost between $40 and $160 "depending on the upgrades," the warrant states. The officer was told for $140 the woman doing the massage would be naked.

The undercover officer agreed to the price and the woman, along with another woman who was reportedly in training, removed their clothing and began to give the officer a massage.

According to the warrant, the officer gave the code word and other officers, who were outside of the apartment, came in and arrested everyone inside.

The warrant list things officers gathered from inside the raid, including a client list ledger and other documents, along with several phones and tablets.

Police searched the duplex and found telephone records, client lists, and other records. They also discovered a second location where services were being provided at 1121 Old Concord Road, Suite 24.

Honeycutt was charged with practicing massage without a license and given a $20,000 bond.

Krista Carter, Mary Elizabeth Barnett, Brittany Lucas Morris and April Lynn Upright were all charged with offering massage services without a license. Upright was hit with several drug charges as well.

According to investigators, the clients of the illegal massage parlor could also face charges.

Police said extensive records were confiscated that included names of clients, what services those clients preferred, and how much money they paid the women.

Honeycutt was charged Thursday with prostitution, three probation violations and failure to appear. She was given a $26,000 bond.

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