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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.

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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