The Broward Sheriff's Office said five women were arrested Wednesday in busts of massage parlors where acts of prostitution and unlicensed massages have taken place. BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright and Kenneth McLain, who has a business near one of the parlors, spoke about the operation.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said five women were arrested Wednesday in busts of massage parlors where acts of prostitution and unlicensed massages have taken place.
The arrests were made at four of seven businesses raided in an operation involving numerous agencies including the BSO, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Health, the BSO said.
At the Sunshine Massage Therapy parlor at 7310 W. McNab Road #203 in Tamarac, an undercover detective received a massage from Jinghua Sun, 50, for $40 – and towards the end of the massage she touched the detective’s genitals, a BSO arrest report said.
As the detective departed, Sun told him that if he returned she would perform oral sex for $50, according to the report.
"One of our undercover detectives did go in and basically was offered a happy ending and that is illegal," BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said.
Sun was arrested on two counts of offering to commit prostitution, and one count of violating county ordinance by not having a county business license, the report said.
Qing Liang, 49, who was seen giving a man a massage at the same location, was arrested on charges of practicing massage without a license and of not having a county business license, her arrest report said.
The BSO said that Miriam Benedon, 43, was arrested at 7310 W. McNab Road #103 on the same charges as Liang after she performed massage therapy on someone working undercover for $40.
Employees at Sunshine Massage Therapy had little to say about the raid. One employee who was asked about it told a reporter to come back later.
A fourth suspect, 48-year-old Xiaoying Wu, was arrested on charges of offering to commit prostitution and practicing massage without a license at a parlor at 4800 N. University Drive in Tamarac, the BSO said.The same detective involved in the Sun case was working undercover and received a massage for $50, and towards the end of it Wu touched the detective’s genitals, her arrest report said.
In addition, a fifth suspect, 39-year-old Songying Piao, was arrested on a charge of offering to commit prostitution at a massage parlor at 4620 W. Commercial Boulevard in Pompano Beach, according to the BSO.
It was not immediately known whether the suspects have attorneys.
Four of the five have been released on bond. Piao was being held on $300 bond at the Paul Rein Detention Facility Thursday evening, online jail records said.
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