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Hallandale Beach Police arrested two workers at the Golden Massage and Spa in Hallandale Beach Thursday night, after police said they received several tips that the business was selling unlicensed massages and sex. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports.
Hallandale Beach Police arrested two workers at the Golden Massage and Spa Thursday night, after police said they received several tips that the business was selling unlicensed massages and sex.
Chungmei Liang operates the parlor, and called the allegations against it false.
"I think I do a very professional massage," she said as she was escorted to a Hallandale squad car.
Liang is charged with running a house of prostitution, and employing unlicensed massage workers.
Providing an unlicensed massage in the state of Florida is a felony, police pointed out.
Hallandale Beach Police said they received several tips that customers who come to Golden Massage leave with much more than what the parlor advertises.
Thursday night's bust is the second one police have made at Golden Massage's Hallandale Beach Boulevard location this year. Another parlor operating shut down there before Golden Massage moved in. Despite the back-to-back busts, police are not blaming the landlord or property managers.
"[They haven't] done anything wrong. It's just that there's a proliferation of these massage parlors that are happening throughout the county, and when we continue to get complaints we have to investigate them," explained Hallandale Beach Police Capt. Pedro Abud.
NBC 6 was on the ground with Abud, undercover Hallandale Beach Police officers, and agents from Homeland Security, code enforcement and the Health Department as they went into Golden Massage. They entered through the parlor's front door into the lobby, where Liang was behind the register and a male customer was waiting on a sofa.
He refused to speak with NBC 6 as he ran from the parlor to his car, as did a female worker who was handcuffed and placed in a squad car. She is now facing prostitution charges.
It wasn't immediately known whether she or Liang have an attorney.
The HBPD has taken down at least four illegal massage parlors this year. Police want those busts to stand as examples to other illegal massage operations within the city limits.
"The city of Hallandale Beach is a business-friendly community, but we're not going to allow illegal businesses to open up and start locations of prostitution," Abud said.