Suspicions have been raised in the community about illegal activity happening at West U’s only massage parlor.
Avi Spa, located at 4108 Bellaire Blvd. near the West University Place Recreation Center, has been investigated numerous times since January for suspicious activity, according to police records.
The spa is West U’s only massage parlor and has been in at its location since early this year. Since opening, police have been called to the business on multiple occasions, according to information obtained through a public information request.
On Jan. 12, police were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Days later on Jan. 16, police investigated a simple assault case between two co-workers.
In February, police were contacted regarding suspicious activity at the massage parlor, specifically prostitution, according to a West U police report.
“Police learned of possible suspicious activity occurring in the 4100 block of Bellaire. An investigation was initiated regarding any possible city ordinance violations and or criminal activity that may be occurring. During this time, police also received a call from a citizen, reporting suspicious activity from the same area. The concern is regarding illegal business practices, merely speculation at this time, but wanted police to be aware of it,” the report states.
During the same month that police was investigating Avi Spa for possible criminal activity, the business posted a couple advertisements on backpage.com offering specials for massages.
“We are offering various treatments according to your individual needs(Swedish,Soft to Medium to Deep Tissue,Sports Massage). Comfortable clean private rooms, Pleasant music, Clean linens and peaceful environment. We take MALE, FEMALE and COUPLE Massage,” one of their ads states. “Open 10am to 10pm 7 days a week, EASY PARKING front and rear.”
Backpage.com is a classified advertising website, similar to Craigslist.
In March, the business was cited by the City of West University Place for violating three city ordinances including “failure to display massage license where advertised,” “owner of massage establishment fail to employ only reg. massage therapists to perform massage,” and for “fail as a massage therapist to obtain a certificate of registration from the Texas Department of Health.”