Spa Owner Charged With Prostitution

SOUTH ELGIN, IL (STMW) — Bail was set at $20,000 Wednesday for a woman accused of running prostitution from her northwest suburban South Elgin spa.

Naomi R. Sul, 44, of Bolingbrook, was given a March 17 court date on charges of prostitution, keeping a place of prostitution, soliciting for a prostitute, battery and a felony count of unlawful restraint, all stemming from her arrest Tuesday in South Elgin.

According to South Elgin police Detective Brian Polkinghorn, police were alerted to suspicious activity at Heaven Spa, 1314 W. Spring St., by nearby residents who noticed a solely male customer base.

“We followed that up with some Internet investigation and surveillance on the business,” Polkinghorn said.

The business is listed on some Internet sites as offering “erotic services,” he said.

On Tuesday, an undercover officer from another town was sent into the spa and was offered a sexual act in exchange for $30, according to court documents.

The unlawful restraint charge came when Sul attempted to prevent the officer from calling in other officers to execute a search warrant, Polkinghorn said.

“The defendant threw the officer against the wall and pleaded with the officer not to alert others of what had just occurred. He was able after a brief struggle to alert others, and a search warrant was executed,” Polkinghorn said.

Two other women inside the business when the search warrant was executed were not charged, he added.

According to Steve Super, director of community development, the village is looking into the zoning for the business. “We will pursue our angle,” Super said.

Similar incidents have been reported in the area recently, including at a spa in Hampshire and Algonquin. This is the first time South Elgin has had an arrest of this nature, Polkinghorn said.

“We were surprised to find that this business was located in South Elgin,” he said. “South Elgin is still a great family community, and we as a police department will make every effort we can to keep it that way.”

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  • Garth Jones

    When are we going to legalize, regulate and of course, tax prostitution? What a terrible waste of police resources to have cops devoted to eliminating somthing that will always be around.

  • Larry King

    what do you get for $30 bucks. Serously why do we expend all the effort on stopping consenting adults? Let’s work on eradicating are urban terrorists drug petallers.

  • Wardell

    …or many angles as the case may be.

  • Bob Hamilton

    Prostitution should be legalized and taxed. Same with gambling and drugs.

  • Lynne Johnson

    Businesses like massage parlors, spas, and nail salons are frequently used as fronts for the commercial sex trade, and many women and girls are forced to exchange sex with up to 20 customers a day. Prostituted women and girls report being victims of frequent physical and sexual violence – stings like this one that uncover the owners of these businesses make an enormous, positive impact on reducing sexual exploitation. That is an entirely wise, effective, and humane use of police resources. I applaud the Elgin police for their work.

  • Kristin Claes

    We all want to live in communities that are safe for our families, as the detective asserts. A sex trade thrives in Elgin, and throughout Chicagoland, because there are people in the community who are willing to buy sex from women and children. As long as these purchasers do not fear being punished or caught, a sex trade that exploits people will thrive. End the demand and you will end sexual exploitation. Learn more at

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