Two women have been arrested and charged with prostitution-related offences following what the Vancouver Police Department says was a lengthy investigation.
The women were arrested at what is described as a bawdy house at 3660 East Hastings St.
The owner of ISHQ, Jasmine Mangat, a 32-year-old Surrey resident was arrested at the business when the police obtained a warrant and searched the site on September 30. A second woman, Vanessa Hernandez, a 30-year-old Vancouver resident, was arrested after turning herself in to police on October 5. A warrant had been issued for her arrest on October 1.
It is alleged that sexual services were being exchanged for money. Vice investigators seized evidence, including computers and cash, on September 30 when they searched the site.
Both women are charged with one count of keeping a common bawdy house, one count of living on the avails of prostitution and one count of procuring a person into the sex trade. The women have been released from jail and are scheduled to appear in court on October 13.
A website for ISHQ, describes it as "Vancouver's premier adult fantasy massage studio."
A Twitter account for ISHQ on Wednesday included a "bio" that said "where everything is possible. What's your fantasy?"
Tweets posted under the account included help-wanted and promotional notices, including a tweet that said, "we are currently looking to hire 2 East Indian hotties to be part of our team! Apply today!'
The arrests come in the wake of a landmark September Ontario court ruling that decriminalized prostitution in that province, opening the door for other jurisdictions to revamp prostitution-related regulations.
An Ontario Superior Court judge struck down all three Criminal Code provisions that had been challenged - communicating for the purposes of prostitution, pimping and operating a common bawdy house.