Goffstown massage parlor closed for fire code violations after anonymous prostitution tip prompts searchBy TRAVIS R. MORIN
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2018 7:42PM
GOFFSTOWN — A Pinardville massage parlor has been closed after an investigation into allegations of prostitution.
According to Goffstown Police Lt. Thomas Hammond, officers executed search warrants Thursday at Rainbow Spa, 542 Mast Road #2, and an “unauthorized apartment dwelling” less than two miles away at 207 Mast Road, after receiving several anonymous complaints alleging unlawful activity.
“What we’re trying to address here is the human trafficking aspect, ensuring that people aren’t being held here and forced into labor against their will,” Hammond said.
Items seized as a result of the searches at these locations include computer equipment, ledgers, a safe, cash and other business documents, Hammond said.
Both locations have been deemed uninhabitable under state fire codes.
No arrests were made but arrests are possible in the future, Hammond said.
He said that the investigation, which has gone on more than a year, had determined that one or more employees were likely living full-time at Rainbow Spa, in direct violation of state fire codes.
Christian Johnsick is a youth leader at the Goffstown Harvest Christian Church, which is in the same shopping plaza as Rainbow Spa. He said he often saw the spa’s employees on the premises at all hours of the night.
“A couple things definitely seemed off,” Christian said. “I was snow plowing the parking lot one night and there was one of them at 2 a.m. bringing garbage out. At 2 a.m.? Come on.” Robin Johnsick, Christian’s mother and wife of the church’s pastor, reported seeing “older gentlemen” who would park outside the church and walk over to the spa.
“Somebody was always there,” she said. “Their lights were always on and the open sign was always on.”
Marilyn Riley-White, who owns a hair salon two suites down from Rainbow Spa, said nearly 10 marked and unmarked police cruisers surrounded the spa during the raid Thursday.
“They all came in at the same time; we knew something was going down, we just didn’t know where,” said Riley-White. “It was pretty intense. They went in there with crowbars and they were here until almost 1:30 p.m.”
The Hillsborough County Street Crimes Task Force assisted with both search warrants.
Police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Goffstown Police Department’s Detective Division at 497-4858.
Union Leader Staff Writer Paul Feely contributed to this report.