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St. Martin massage parlor operator appears in court

Lawrence said federal, state and civil charges are being pursued against the operators of JJ Massage, a business which was raided Wednesday. (Photo source: WLOX) Lawrence said federal, state and civil charges are being pursued against the operators of JJ Massage, a business which was raided Wednesday. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The operator of a St. Martin massage parlor appeared in federal court for arraignment this morning, but the hearing was postponed until a Korean translator can be found.

Yeon Sook Hwang was in arm and leg shackles and wearing a jail jumpsuit when she appeared briefly in the courtroom. She is represented by attorney Jim Davis.

The arraignment has tentatively been reset for Dec. 4, at 11 a.m.

Hwang is charged with transporting people across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. Other charges include money laundering of profits made by the business, JJ Spa, which was shut down on Friday by Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence, who obtained a temporary restraining order under the public nuisance statute. A hearing on that aspect of the case is set for Nov. 30.

Steve Phillips was in the courtroom this morning and will bring you full coverage later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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