Woman pleads not guilty to pimping charges, accused of using massage parlor as prostitution front

Shirley King, also known as Akira Summers
Shirley King, also known as Akira Summers(CSPD)
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 12:50 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 12:03 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The woman accused of running a brothel out of a massage parlor has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will go to trial later this year.

Shirley King, 30 -- also known as Akira Summers -- was arrested last fall after Springs police raided an “adult entertainment” party at the Sutra Healing Center. The raid was the culmination of an undercover investigation, prompted by detectives with CSPD’s Metro Vice Unit were tipped off that the massage parlor was actually a facade for a prostitution scheme. Detectives were told that behind closed doors, King was making her money by pimping out her employees.

“After investigation, detectives conducted a raid on an adult entertainment party that [the suspect] coordinated, confirming she brought multiple adult females to the party to perform sex acts for money,” police said.

One of the detectives involved in the undercover investigation became the target of an investigation himself when arrest papers revealed he had accepted sex acts from King. However, the district attorney’s office later cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The Sutra Healing Center was located on Marquette Drive in Security. A Google search in September 2022, days after King’s arrest, showed the business as “permanently closed.”

King’s trial is scheduled for November.

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