EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) – Carlo Nasuti had his suspicions about Rain Forest Spa.
The owner of a nearby butcher shop said the women who worked at the massage parlor would see clients late at night, and often customers would park in the back or to the side of the Flanders Road building.
“The majority of the people, I’d say 75 percent of them, did not park in front of the business so that just told you,” Nasuti said. “I know my customers park in front of my business.”
Nasuti said now that he knows what may have been going on in those rooms, he’s happy the so-called massage parlor is shut down.
“Absolutely,” he said. “That just gives the area a bad name.”
State Police tell News 8 to signal the masseuse that the client wanted a sexual act performed he would “subtly touch her thigh,” and they say a police informant asked her if she would “take care of me” and she did.
On Tuesday, the owner and a worker were arrested on charges including prostitution and not having a license to give massages.
“Basically, they were very nice people,” said local Mark Poulin. “I thought it was a legitimate business.”
No one answered at their apartment next door to the parlor. News 8 has learned their car has New York plates and they were back Wednesday night clearing out the shop.
“We have a wonderful business here, wonderful customers,” Nasuti said. “We don’t need them exposed to something like that.”
Police have since made a third arrest. They tell News 8 that a woman came to the state police barracks to bail out two women and they had an arrest warrant for that third woman. That third woman ended up using the money she brought to bail out her friends to bail herself out.