PARKERSBURG, WV (WOWK) – The Parkersburg Police Department has arrested and charged four women with prostitution after an investigation of two local massage businesses.
Police say the investigation started after receiving anonymous information that improper sexual engagements were being done at the Hot Stone Massages, located on Murdoch Avenue, in Parkersburg, WV.
The Department of Homeland Security was contacted to assist with identifying the occupants and or employees of this business. Detectives and Agents were able to ascertain that this business was also in operation in other cities and states, owned by the same person.
Police say the investigation quickly identified a second business conducting similar practices. This business was identified as the Asian Massage parlor located on Emerson Avenue, in Parkersburg, WV.
An undercover police officer went to each business and received a massage.
The criminal complaint stated that at each location, the defendants completed an agreement for sexual favors.
The undercover operation was conducted a second time to further the investigation which resulted in the same outcome.
Detectives arrested four women on Wednesday February 6th, at around 6:15 PM
Investigators conducted search warrants at both locations without incident.
Investigators recovered items such as log books with names, cash, video recordings, and electronic devices. These devices will be analyzed for additional evidence of prostitution.
Those arrested at the Hot Stone Massage were, Hua Yun Sun, 55, and Shu Ying Jiao, 56.
Sun was charged with two counts of prostitution, operating a house of ill fame and operating a massage business without a license. Jiao was also charged with the same crimes.
The duo was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate court and a bond of $2000 was set by Magistrate Marshall.
Those arrested at the Asian Massage Parlor were, Yun Lin Lui, 43, and Zuqiong Li, 57.
Lui was charged with one count of prostitution and operating without a license. She was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and a bond was set at $1000.00 by Magistrate Marshall.
Li was charged with two counts of prostitution, operating without a license and operating a house of ill fame. The bond for Li was $2000.00 was set by Magistrate Marshall.