Additional charges filed following raids at spas

December 4, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two of the three people charged with facilitating prostitution following raids on spas in Bismarck and Dickinson are facing additional charges of human trafficking.

Sixty-five-year-old Lance Jacobson and 56-year-old Jiang Jennings were charged Thursday with sexual servitude and human trafficking felonies.

Jacobson and Jennings were earlier charged with facilitating prostitution after an investigation that led to a raid at Hong Kong Spa in Bismarck and the Tokyo Q Spa in Dickinson.

A detective who testified at their November preliminary hearing said workers at the spa were paid $10 for an $80 massage and were encouraged to offer sex acts to make extra tip money, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

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A police affidavit alleges Jacobson and Jennings recruited and transported workers who were then isolated at the spa.

The two along with a third man charged in the case have pleaded not guilty to facilitating prostitution.