Anne, 55, and Jennifer, 30, lived in a suburban home in Sarasota, Florida. Their neighbors were mainly made up of families with children.
The mother-daughter duo was allegedly running an unlicensed massage parlor from their home.
However, in addition to being unlicensed, the women advertised themselves on BackPage.com. The site is the world’s second-largest classified ad website with an adult content page and has been under investigation for prostitution and human trafficking.Screenshot/YouTube
One ad for Anne read:
I am a beautiful, talented, licensed massage therapist whom God uses to bring his healing energy to you and bring you to a whole new level of ecstasy.
Following a tip from a neighbor who said that “there were several cars coming and going from the house on a daily basis,” Sarasota police officers went undercover to find out the truth.
Suspicions were confirmed when Jennifer Dodge offered to “perform sexual favors in exchange for money.” In another instance, Anne Dodge actually gave an undercover policeman a massage in exchange for money.
A statement from the Department of Health confirmed that neither woman was a licensed masseuse.Screenshot/YouTube
On August 16, Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Narcotics Unit officers obtained a search warrant for the Dodge residence. Both women were arrested shortly after. ABC Action News reported that Anne Dodge was charged with:
Two counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession (felony)
Two counts of massage establishments; requisites; licensure; inspection (misdemeanor)
Jennifer Dodge was charged with felony prostitution. She has three previous prostitution convictions.Screenshot/WFTS
The Dodge women were arrested without incident and are being held at the Sarasota County Jail.Screenshot/YouTube
Before making an appointment with any health care professional, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages consumers to check if a service is licensed.
To report an unlicensed healthcare practice, contact the Department of Health and Human Services. To find your local information, visit the national website.