A Mont Belvieu massage business was shut down by the city Wednesday, the day after two women working there were charged with prostitution.
Brian Ligon, communication and marketing director for the City of Mont Belvieu, said investigation of the business in a shopping center in the 9500 block of Highway 146 started after other businesses in the center reported suspicious activity.
Mont Belvieu night shift police officers then began watching the business, he said. “Things seemed to stay open very late. Lights were on well after the rest of the center was closed — things of that nature.”
At that time, he said, “The determination was made to ask Baytown Police Department
Special Operations, because of their expertise with this type of thing, to come in and help us out.
“They did a fantastic job and we really appreciate their assistance,” he said.
Two women were arrested for prostitution Tuesday, he said.
Ligon said officers making the arrests observed numerous code violations in the building while they were making the arrests.
“Today, the two prostitution arrests, combined with what we’re realizing about the code enforcement issues, have resulted in the Certificate of Occupancy being revoked for that business and they have been closed down.”
Ligon declined to identify the women who were arrested.
He said the investigation is continuing and did not say if other arrests might be made in the case.