Woman's massage parlor was actually a house of prostitution in north Phoenix

Posted at 2:03 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 17:03:46-04

Police have arrested a woman whose massage parlor was actually a house of prostitution in north Phoenix. 

According to court records, the Phoenix Police Department was investigating Melissa Paulson after receiving tips that her business, located near 28th Street and Greenway Road, wasn't offering massages but was actually offering sexual acts. 

In May, detectives started conducting undercover operations inside 46-year-old Melissa Paulson's business.

On multiple occasions, detectives would pay $140 or $160 for a massage, and Paulson would walk into the massage room in the nude. She would ask the detectives if they were law enforcement, and would then discuss her rates and services for sexual acts. 

Police also encountered a customer who had walked away from the business after the woman had also walked into the room without wearing any clothing on "scaring him." 

Paulson was arrested in October, five months after the investigation began, and booked into the 4th Avenue Jail. 

Paulson faces two charges of maintaining a house of prostitution, manifesting intent to commit prostitution and a prostitution charge.