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Lafayette Police Make Arrests at Two Local Massage Parlors

Officers arrested three people on suspicion of pimping and prostitution charges at two downtown massage parlors Wednesday

 

Updated: 7:22 p.m. with additional information on arrests, recovered items allegedly found in the businesses.

 

Lafayette police arrested three people at two local massage parlors Wednesday -- weeks after allegations of illicit activity at the nondescript establishments first came to light.

After numerous complaints from citizens, Lafayette police launched an investigation last month into allegations of sexual activity at two local massage parlors — Body and Sole located at 3381 Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Classical Music Massage Center at 3385 Mt. Diablo Blvd., according to police.

Based on evidence found during the investigation, search warrants were obtained for both locations and this afternoon, Lafayette Police Officers, along with detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, went to both businesses to serve the search warrants. They had to force entry.

Evidence of sexual activity was found at both massage parlors, according to police. Investigators recovered condoms, business records, money and customer lists.

Three people were arrested:

  • 44 year old Li Liu of San Ramon; arrested for prostitution.
  • 25 year old Yang (Jason) Chen of Pleasant Hill ;arrested for pimping  and conspiracy
  • 41 year old Xiao Chen of Concord; arrested for prostitution

Two other women were released after being interviewed.

The investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (925) 283-3680.

Valerie Sloven June 14, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Jason, did you not know that 40 is now the new 20?
DC / Lafayette June 14, 2012 at 07:34 PM
They did confiscate the "client lists."
Margaret Faller June 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Legalize it. Regulate it. Make it as safe as possible. Not the nicest way to make a living but some people choose this career path.
CB June 14, 2012 at 09:06 PM
No protecting children is not in any way a desperate argument its a priority. And I dont need a legitimate explanation on what I would like to Ban. Its illegal, there have been arrests so what do I need to explain?
CB June 14, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Yes do all of those things but dont set up shop in my hood.
Born and Raised June 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I didn't buy that heresay about the women asking a kid if he wanted a massage then and I'm not buying it now. There's just no way one of those gals would do that and endanger their livelihood. I have no problem with them being run out of town now that the prostitution has been proven to be truth but I'm not going to believe every alarmists statement that someone blurts out only to bolster their own agenda.
DC / Lafayette June 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I have to agree with CB.
Mack Sennet June 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
CB - Did you bother to read what you originally wrote? You stated that you didn't want legal brothels. The reason you supplied was the "oh, dear me, think of the children" hogwash that's usually proffered by those who have no legitimate, rational reason for banning a behavior or activity (in your case - legal brothels). I simply challenged your argument that the children in Lafayette are in danger from legalized brothels. I'd say that children in Lafayette are in far more danger from the neglect they receive at the hands of parents who are too busy to actually be bothered with parenting.
Mack Sennet June 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Well, they have to set up shop somewhere. Better they do it at that end of Lafayette.
Jerry Vaught June 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I know the Feds sell confiscated yachts seized from drug importers. Will Lafayette auction off the seized condoms? Jerry Vaught
DC / Lafayette June 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Mack...guessing you don't live in Lafayette.
Mack Sennet June 15, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Actually, I do. But, I don't really see how that's relevant.
DC / Lafayette June 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Relevant because your support of the parlors...but, as you stated in your previous (and now removed) post...not at the end of town where you reside.
CB June 15, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Mack~ I see you are trying to make this world a better place. Good for you!
Mack Sennet June 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Yes. I do not live at that end of town. But, again, it's not relevant as to whether these massage parlors should exist. Of course, it is easier to attack the messenger rather than construct a valid counterpoint to their argument. I wouldn't find it relevant if you lived at the end of town where these establishments are located, possibly making you biased against these businesses. Hence, I lack any desire to know where you live.
CB June 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I think that may be the problem. Some just do not "see".
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop June 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Anyone with a daughter that does not think that prostitution does not always contain an element of exploitation is deluded. Those without daughters can substitute nieces, sisters, wives, etc. I have never used the services of a prostitute, but I can imagine men less fortunate that cannot control their more primitive drives resorting to such behavior. These women are immigrants with no other skills to survive in this society. They are essentially enslaved by pimps and dragged into Lafayette to be 'used' by men that, under a cloak of secrecy and shame, have limited imaginations. I wonder what their wives say when they share their exploits.
lovelafayette June 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
http://www.caseact.org You can help those who do not wish to be prostitutes by voting for the CASE ACT slated for the November 2012 Statewide General Election Ballot. Even the male bloggers who staunchly defend their right to buy sex would probably agree that it is a good thing that slavery and pedophilia are illegal.The CASE Act will strengthen penalties against human trafficking and improve Megan’s Law against online predators. U.S. Federal law defines human trafficking: Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today (second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.caseact.org
Mack Sennet June 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
"These women are immigrants with no other skills to survive in this society." Really? There are many immigrants who come to the US with a limited skill set and do not opt for a life of prostitution. I would concur that a number of these women are forced into this field but I do not believe they have no other skills.
lovelafayette June 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Fritz: I totally agree with your post except that I believe that men who use prostitutes do not have limited imaginations, they must have vivid imaginations. If you asked john/dick/hairy I bet they would claim the prostitute also enjoyed the sex, was not just in it for the money!
lovelafayette June 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The same delusional, inadequate, dysfunctional, unattractive, men who pay for sex with young prostitutes.
Chris Nicholson June 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
By your definition, I think many marriages contain an element of exploitation. Clearly this behavior (sex work) is an extremely rare and primitive institution that all advanced societies have already banned. That is why this is a small industry that is dying out world wide. Right?
Mack Sennet June 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Fritz - If you are correct in your assertion that these women are enslaved, isn't it morally reprehensible for the police to arrest those who are essentially victims? Why haven't the johns been arrested? Will their names be published?
Mack Sennet June 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Nice way to backhandedly demonstrate gender bias. "Even the male bloggers...." Really. What nonsense. I favor legalized prostitution. How do you know my gender? And "probably agree that it is a good thing that slavery and pedophilia are illegal". Really?!? Where has anyone on this board, particularly those you wish to defame with this statement, suggested that slavery and pedophilia should be legal? When you make such absurd and outlandish statements that can not be backed up with facts, all you do is hurt your cause.
lovelafayette June 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I did not proffer the "protect the children" topic, just responded to Andrew and Mack, "...oh, dear me, think of the children" HOGWASH (my caps)...challenged your argument that the children in Lafayette are in danger from legalized brothels...children in Lafayette are in far more danger from the neglect they receive at the hands of parents..." Absolute HOGWASH! In my mind there is no value that says more about a community than the support and protection the community offers it's children. Children must be safe at school. Minors walking home from school should not have to deal with sidewalk solicitations for massage or have to pass by illegal brothels. "Asian massage" and prostitution should not be a summer job or career path for Lafayette kids. The neighborhood and the city council did an outstanding job of addressing the problem, and now has the power of the law supporting necessary interventions like the recent arrests. We have really solved nothing on a societal level, but hopefully have caused hookers to move to the next town with no business license and massage certification requirements, like MORAGA. Last time I checked there was a wonderful massage open in the TJ Maxx strip mall, with the same ridiculously cheap prices previously offered in Lafayette.
fredsbreakfast June 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
This won't 'clean it up'; this just complicates the business and puts it further into the shadows. There's no effort here to help anyone. The idea is to eliminate something from the marketplace to please certain citizens, but all that happens to the happy massage is everything goes deeper into black markets. Things get less transparent, nastier and more risky; costs go up, deviations increase.
fredsbreakfast June 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
What's wrong with exploiting? Exploit: 1. to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity. 2. to use selfishly for one's own ends: employers who exploit their workers. 3. to advance or further through exploitation; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.
fredsbreakfast June 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
If police were really protecting children from assault by aggressive money-crazed prostitutes trying to get kids' lunch money they'd simply set up surveillance and make arrests - for that - not for selling some service privately, behind closed doors, to adults. This has nothing to do with kids.
CB June 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
"2. to use selfishly for one's own ends" Thats exactly the problem.
lovelafayette June 16, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Fred, good job. The Police followed your suggestion and set up surveillance, seemed to have done a few extra fix-it stops, and as you suggested arrested men for crimes other than solicitation, things like being a registered sex offender, parole violations.... Read the followup on who the customers are, many women did not speak English so not easy to identify. We all were focused on locals, but apparently missed the boat. http://lamorinda.patch.com/articles/who-s-patronizing-lafayette-s-massage-parlors

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