Feds say spa was a Berwyn brothel

July 24, 2008 3:29:13 PM PDT
A brothel in Berwyn? Residents say "no way" but that's what the Feds say was going on at the Swan Day Spa at 529 Lancaster Avenue.

Federal authorities say it was being portrayed as a health spa, but there was a lot more going on here than just massages.

Authorities say the operators were running a thriving business since April 2005 with sexual favors being offered along with the massage for $60 cash, $65 for credit. But things began to unravel when the operators hired two illegal immigrants from China eager to make a new life here in the U.S. The women thought they were going to provide massages. But the Feds say the operators wanted them to also have sex with clients. When the women refused, authorities say the manager threatened to turn them over to immigration. The women somehow managed to escape. Meanwhile, residents and business owners seemed stunned all this was going on in Berwyn.

The Feds have charged three people in connection with the brothel which of course is now "Out of Business". They are 68-year old William Strunk of Las Vegas, 54-year old Chun Yong Madden and 63-year old John Evans, both residents of Parkesburg, Pa.

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