For the second time in four months, police have uncovered an alleged bawdy house under the guise of a hair salon in the city’s southwest.
Calgary police believe the Simple Scissors Hair Care Studio in the 1500 block of 14 Street SW was operating as an illegal bawdy house.
“It was a functioning hair salon, with two chairs but it also offered relaxation massage in the back room where there was solicitation for sexual services,” Staff Sgt. Colin Adair said Thursday.
Police busted the shop April 8 after a two-month investigation and charged its owner Cita Rivera Lagundino, 47, with unlawfully keeping a bawdy house, procuring a person for the purpose of prostitution, living off the avails of prostitution and possession of property obtained by the proceeds of crime.
Adair said two women and a man were also found in the salon but none of them face charges.
Adair said while this is the second time police have busted an alleged bawdy house in a hair salon — the first being in December — he doesn’t believe it’s a trend.
“Indoor prostitution can happen anywhere; it happens in hair salons, massage parlours, residential homes.”
Lagundino will face charges in court April 21.