2 arrested in massage parlor extortion case

January 14, 2010 6:27:30 AM PST
A suburban massage parlor owner and a woman were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of conspiring to extort thousands of dollars from a woman who worked at the massage parlor. Alex A. Campbell , of Glenview, and Danielle John, 23, of Des Plaines, were arrested by U.S. immigration agents and Cook County sheriff's deputies. The suspects were each charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion.

Federal authorities say the alleged victim came to the United States in 2007 and attended a massage therapy school in Chicago, where she met Campbell in the summer of 2008. In November 2008, she moved into a Campbell-owned apartment with another woman, also an alleged victim, and both women began working at Campbell's parlor, the Day and Night Spa in Mt. Prospect, which was among several locations where immigration agents and sheriff's officers executed search warrants.

The victim says Campbell forced some of the women working at the parlor to get tattoos, including those of horseshoes on their necks. The victim also said Campbell demanded increasing amounts of money and work hours from in her in order to take care of immigration issues. The victim claims she was also threatened with the release of tapes and photos of sex acts forced by Campbell, authorities say.