A sting operation resulted in the arrest of one person on charges of prostitution and the closure of an Ardmore business.
According to the fire department’s building inspection report, a suite at a local shopping area occupied by “Singapore Massage” was closed due to violations on damaged ceiling tiles, improper storage, and a blocked rear exit.
A 60-year-old California woman, Kim Buidang, was arrested on charges of Offering to Engage in Prostitution and booked into the Carter County Detention Center. Ardmore Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said they worked together on the investigation, which stemmed from citizen complaints about the business. A statement from Ardmore Police Captain Keith Ingle said a search warrant was also conducted on the premises where other evidence was seized.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Human Trafficking Unit was involved, said Mark Woodward with the Bureau, because the citizen reports indicated there might be human trafficking involved.
Ingle said there was one other case in Ardmore where criminal charges for prostitution were filed last year, but it was unrelated to yesterday’s bust. Woodward said there is not necessarily more prostitution happening currently, but that the public is more aware of indicators and thus more reports are made.
He also said the Human Trafficking Unit has done a lot of community education in the last 6-7 years which has helped raise public awareness. Woodward encouraged community church, civic, and other groups in the area who are interested in hosting such trainings to contact the Bureau office and speak with the human trafficking educator at (800) 522-8031.