Published On: Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014

Colorado sex traffickers Sona Blair, Michael Blair get ‘probation’ since they ‘didn’t know’ they were breaking the law

A Colorado husband and wife claim they didn’t know they were helping turn over women to a Colorado Springs massage parlors for prostitution were sentenced to four years of probation on Monday.

Sona Blair, 55, and her husband Michael Blair, 60, told Judge Thomas Kelly Kane they didn’t know they were breaking the law when they were paid to transport women from Denver International Airport. Authorities began tailing Blair in July, after receiving information from female employees at the Magical Massage Spa during a human trafficking investigation.

Police followed Sona to three massage businesses that investigators said were operating as fronts for commercialized sex.

Sona BlairFrom the original arrest report: A woman arrested on prostitution charges revealed she was paid $100 a week to live in the spa. Another woman at the spa, identified by state troopers as a “cooperative,” told police that Blair was involved in “every massage parlor in Colorado Springs” and charged about $200 to transport women from Denver International Airport to Colorado Springs.

Michael Blair said he was deeply remorseful for what he had done. Sona Blair profusely apologized for her actions through a Korean interpreter.

“I’m sorry, your honor, I’m really sorry,” she said. “What I did was wrong. I didn’t know anything about this business and I’m really sorry.”

The Blairs’ lawyer, David Foley, told the judge the couple thought the women had jobs lined up at the businesses.

During the investigation, which involved multiple agencies, including Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, investigators observed Blair driving to several branches of two banks to deposit money that they believe was paid to her for transportation and placement services.

With the help of information from online classified websites, investigators said they confirmed the three spas were operating as business fronts for commercialized sex.

One advertisement for Pine Tree Therapy Spa promoted having “new girls every week” and featured pictures of woman in provocative clothing, according to court documents.



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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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