How could a Birmingham spa busted for alleged prostitution and not having a business license re-open and be busted again less than a month later?
Nine people have been arrested at Bali Spa over the last month in two separate raids. All of them have been charged with some form of drug or prostitution-related offense.
One of the defendants in the first raid was also charged with doing business without a license.
So how did Bali spa re-open just days or weeks later?
The answer boils down to this: there is no dedicated inspector to check and make sure every business operating in the city has a current business license.
The mayor's office said today that the city's finance department will do spot-checks on the status of certain businesses if they receive complaints about that business.
And if neighbors call to complain about potential criminal activity, then the police department gets the case first and the business license issue is sidelined until potential investigators can figure out whether any crime is being committed.
So after the first raid, police wouldn't have been inspecting the store just because it didn't have a business license.
Birmingham police did today confirm they received more tips of illegal activity after the first raid and the department's vice unit launched another investigation.
Bali Spa does appear to be closed Tuesday. No one answered the phone there.
But the Birmingham Police Department says the business did get a business license between the first and second raids.
These nine defendants' cases are still working their way through the courts.
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