SPOKANE -- Last month, authorities shut down several spas across Spokane County as a result “Operation Red Light.”
The prostitution crack-down is the biggest case in the Airway Heights Police Department’s history, and the investigation is rapidly tapping its resources.
Airway Heights PD has 14 police officers. It dedicates three of those officers to work on the case.
“It’s a lot of man hours, a lot of driving around, contacting people, speaking to them, and going back and writing reports. It’s a huge undertaking” said Detective Kelly Justice, Airway Heights Police.
Over the last month, detectives have collected thousands of pieces of evidence, and compiled a list of hundreds of johns using credit card receipts left behind at the busted spas.
Officials are now asking prostitutes and johns to come forward for questioning. Kelly says they are not the target of the investigation, but talking to them will help bolster their case against the parlor owners.