Neighbors question a south Lee County spa
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ESTERO, Fla. - "Everybody in my store knows about it it seems or has heard about it," said a neighboring employee of a south Lee County massage parlor that he believes is promoting sex.
"When you see them go in, and you see them come out they seem extra happy when they come out," he said.
The person, who prefers to remain anonymous, is talking about the Oriental Therapy Spa on US 41 in Estero. It's in the same plaza that Lee County deputies busted in August 2010 when it was operating under the name Oriental Massage. At the time, Pi Hua Wu, was arrested for practicing without a license.
"We saw the cops pull up, undercover, they were wearing ski masks and they lined the employees up outside the Asian massage parlor," he said.
And a nearby business owner, who asked us not to show her face, is also bothered by the same spa.
"I've had a lot of complaints from my own customers," she explained. "Saying what's going on next door. People that actually live around the area."
And she's noticed customers don't usually park where everyone else does.
"Parking in the back, which is really suspicious," she said. "I mean, if you're coming to the shopping center why not park in the front. There's plenty of parking."
So, Fox 4 reached out to the Lee County Sheriff's office to find out whether it's investigating this suspicious activity. But they declined to comment.
Meanwhile, neighbors say they just want the place cleaned up.
"You would think that they wouldn't allow people in here like that but obviously everybody pays, everybody has money, money talks," said a neighbor.
Fox 4 spoke with an employee of the Oriental Therapy spa to get her side of the story, but she said she wasn't feeling well and asked me to come back another time. We did some checking and the business does have a license with the state of Florida but it expired at the end of November.