BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – A Beaufort County woman faces charges for allegedly operating a brothel near a child care facility in Charleston County.
According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Lina Tan Driggers allowed commercial sex activity to operate in her business, Oriental Massage Therapy.
The massage parlor is located on Ashley River Road within close proximity of a public child care facility.
The 58-year-old Driggers was arrested and booked at the Charleston County Detention Center on charges of operating a brothel and commission of offenses within 100 yards of child care facility. Booking records show she was released Wednesday afternoon on a $10,465 bond.
The Summer Police Department requested SLED’s help investigating back in December 2020. Officials say an anonymous CrimeStoppers aided in the investigation.
“The complainant stated that their family member was recruited to work at the business through a Chinese newspaper and for the position of the masseuse,” Driggers’ arrest warrant affidavit states.
The CrimeStoppers tipster claimed the family member was hired for the role, according to the affidavit, but their passport was taken and they were forced to complete sexual acts with clients.
Detectives reported all clients appeared to be men and “frequently exceeded the normal allotted times” at the massage parlor. Over the course of the investigation, agents were able to speak with some clients and conducted an undercover purchase at Oriental Massage, the affidavit stated.
WCBD reports a sign was posted on the front door of the massage parlor stating the business has been deemed unsafe by the Charleston Fire Department over multiple fire code violations, and work done without a permit. The latest inspection happened on Oct. 7.