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Woman Arrested for Prostitution in East Greenwich

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Police in East Greenwich arrested Tiffany M. Burgess, age 33, of  Providence, RI for one count each of Prostitution and Obstruction of an Officer in the Execution of Duty.

Police say they received several phone calls alleging prostitution at The Blissful Oak, A Relaxation Studio located at 58 Main Street.  Detectives learned that The Blissful Oak posted daily advertisements on Craigslist and Backpage.

Police say Burgess approached an undercover officer and made an offer of a sexual favor in exchange for cash.  The detective declined the service.  Burgess provided detectives with a false name and date of birth. 

Nearby businesses are calling the situation "disturbing," especially since many cater to children.

"I was shocked at what was going on, it's a nice neighborhood, you wouldn't expect that," said Heather Baril of Lina Piccolina Children's Clothier, which is in the same building as Blissful Oak. "We have children in the store all the time, and upstairs in the bakery... it's a little disgusting."

"There's a bakery on the first floor, and I would watch parents going in there with their little children, small children... knowing that this type of business and activity was going on on the third floor didn't sit well with me," said Detective Sargeant John Chirnside of the East Greenwich Police Department.

"Well they used to come in, and order sandwiches, and they always looked kind of sleazy, so I kind of suspected..." said Allie Rossi, who works at the Simon Says Cafe nearby.

Police tell us Burgess has faced similar prostitution charges previously in Massachusetts.

If convicted she could spend up to a year in jail.

The Blissful Oak is closed and is currently working on moving out of the building.

Good news for those working nearby.

"It's horrible, personally, disrespectful. You do that on your own time. It doesn't have to be in your work," said Rossi.

There's no word yet on whether or not the Blissful Oak plans on re–opening elsewhere.

East Greenwich police say they don't anticipate any more arrests associated with this case.

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