HOUSTON – Police say two Houston businesses that represented themselves as modeling studios were actually brothels, and now, charges have been filed against the people who operated them.
Paula Park and Robert Young Lee are both charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution in the case.
According to investigators, Park owned the businesses but had Lee register them as modeling or dance studios.
But both of the businesses – Golden Paradise on Highway 6 and Lilly on Winrock Boulevard – were operating as brothels, according to court documents.
Officers conducted an undercover sting operation at Lilly in 2009. They arrested one of the workers at the scene, and also arrested Lee, who reportedly ran out of the building when the officers arrived.
Lee told police that he was there installing cameras, and thought the officers might be after him for illegal installation.
He was charged with evading arrest, but later pleaded guilty to a lesser offense.
Then, in 2011, police were tipped off to Park and Lee’s alleged involvement with the brothels by a confidential source, according to court documents.
Both suspects were arrested on April 10, 2012, after a lengthy investigation.