Judicial authorities have raided the two locations of the popular 360MP in San Jose, Costa Rica. Two arrests have been made and while both venues were closed, authorities expect they will soon reopen.
360 with its original location on Paseo Colon has in recent years become popular, especially with the local crowd of professionals, technology and call center workers in Costa Rica. Photos of the girls have been featured prominently on a Spanish language forum. Businesses has been so popular that the owners opened last year a new location in downtown San Jose.
According to news reports, judicial police conducted a complex investigation using hidden video surveillance and marked currency. Also confiscated were computers and electronic evidence. The two arrested are said to be managers, and there have not yet been any reports of criminal charges. Both are Costa Rican citizens, and one is said to be naturalized and of Asian origin.
Despite the criminal investigation, municipal authorities have not been able to revoke the business permits. Both venues operate legally by renting short term rooms. Although in Costa Rica prostitution is not illegal, it is against the law for third parties to organize or share in the proceeds of a sex for money transaction.
The government is also concerned with the problem of human trafficking, and in particular Costa Rica has been a destination for foreign women to earn money in the sex trade. News reports did not indicate if immigration police participated in the raid, and it is assumed the workers are legal residents. Police who interviewed the women say they all claimed to be working of their own free will.