HALLANDALE BEACH

Undercover sting at Hallandale massage parlor results in prostitution charges

 

cteproff@MiamiHerald.com

Three women were arrested this week on charges including prostitution, giving massages without a license and deriving support from prostitution proceeds after an investigation into a Hallandale Beach massage parlor, according to police.

Police said Thursday that they had received numerous complaints about prostitution and human trafficking taking place at MemeX Massage Parlor, 2500 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.

After working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Florida State Department of Health, police executed a search warrant at the business.

Arrested were:

• Business owner Yan Wang, 50, who faces charges of deriving support from proceeds of prostitution, practicing unlicensed healthcare, allowing someone to massage without a license, allowing prostitution in the building and prostitution;

• Employee Shu Yuan Sun, 42, who faces a prostitution charge; and

• Employee Ying Zhao, 37, who faces a charge of massaging without a license.

During the course of the investigation, a police sergeant, working undercover, went to the business at least twice.

According to the police report, the sergeant went to the business March 5 and using investigative funds, paid for an hour-long massage. The sergeant was taken to a room where a girl, who identified herself as Nikki — later identified as Sun, began the massage.

The sergeant wrote in his report that the girl “brushed her hand around my pelvis region.”

He asked “how much?”

She replied “good tip, good tip,” according to the report.

The sergeant said “maybe next time.”

On March 22, the same sergeant went to the business for an hour-long massage, also using investigative funds. This time Wang, who owns the business, ended up doing the massage.

At one point the sergeant felt two small objects being placed on his back and complained about excruciating pain.

“Hot rock, hot rock,” Wang said, according to the report.

At the end of the massage, the sergeant told her he was hoping to get more out of the massage. Wang told him to come back the next day.

On March 22, another officer went to the business for a massage. After paying $69 and receiving the hour-long massage, the officer arrested Zhao, charging her not having the proper massage license.

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