Police: Hypnosis Clinic Was Front For Prostitution

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File photo of prostitutes walking the street.  (credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of prostitutes walking the street. (credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Chattanooga police have raided a hypnosis clinic that officials say was a front for prostitution.

Two women inside Hypnosis for Power were arrested as was one man found there Wednesday afternoon. Police charged 22-year-old Kimberly Chacon with prostitution and 25-year-old Suzanna Gregory with promoting prostitution. Police records also show a male client was charged with prostitution.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported 45-year-old Nelson Hampton owns Hypnosis for Power as well as the Vaudeville Cafe.

“We get a good bit of prostitution off of Backpage and the local Internet sites,” Chattanooga police Chief Bobby Dodd told the paper. “Most of the time it is people traveling through here. Having them set up as a permanent business, that’s not as common.”

Hampton told the newspaper there was “absolutely nothing illegal going on” at the hypnosis clinic, which he acknowledged he owns.

“It’s my hypnosis clinic,” Hampton added to the Times Free Press.

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