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Sep 1, 2011 5:28 PM by Drew Trafton

Prostitution spa advertised on investigated website

BILLINGS- A Billings spa which covered for a prostitution business is in the news again for advertising with a website being investigated by attorneys general across the country.

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock was one of 45 attorneys general who sent a letter to backpage.com, asking the site to provide proof that they are effectively limiting prostitution and sexual trafficking advertisements on their website.

As of September 1st an ad for Shangri-La Spa and Sauna on Mullowney Lane in Billings was featured on the website.

Shrangri-La Spa and Sauna is owned by Gregory and Myong Suk "Suzie" McFarland.

The two pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to charges of interstate promotion of prostitution as well as money laundering (click here for more information).

The letter asks for substantial proof to be provided from the site by September 14th.

"We are especially concerned about ads that involve kids," Bullock said. "Traffickers who exploit teenage runaways and other disadvantaged kids shouldn't be provided with technology that makes that process a whole lot easier and more profitable."

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