January 23rd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Agents of the Sex Crimes Unit of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) and municipal police officers raided two San José massage parlors yesterday afternoon, arresting two men on charges of pimping and related offenses.
The raids came after a yearlong investigation, according to authorities.
At about 1 p.m. agents carried out simultaneous raids on the massage parlors, one located in Barrio La Pitaya in Paseo Colon and the other at 8th Avenue and 7th Street in downtown San José.
Arrested in the raids were Wagner Ng Tse, a 45-year-old Chinese national identified by authorities as one of the operations’ owners, and a Costa Rican man identified by the last names Rafael Zúñiga, 40.
In addition, a woman with an outstanding arrest warrant for illegal possession of a firearm was detained at the Paseo Colon location. Authorities confiscated some ¢300,000, a 40-caliber firearm, computers, and other evidence.
Authorities found at least 25 woman at the premises.
Both of the massage parlors were marked only with a sign reading “360” outside their doors.
While prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, the act of pimping is illegal.