PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) -- UPDATE 4/15/19 1:15PM
Prosecutors have dropped prostitution charges against four women who operated two massage parlors in Parkersburg.
Parkersburg Police charged Hua Yun Sun, 55, Shu Ying Jiao, 56, Zu Qiong Li, 57 and Yun Lin Lui, 43, with operating a house of ill fame and operating a massage business without a license after an undercover investigation.
According to records in Wood County Magistrate Court, the prostitution charges were dropped on April 18 as part of a plea agreement with the Wood County prosecuting attorney's office. As part of the agreement, the women pleaded guilty to operating a massage business without a license and were fined $660 plus court costs.
Police began investigating Hot Stone Massages on Murdoch Avenue and the Asian Massage Parlor on Emerson Avenue after getting an anonymous tip about alleged sexual activity at the businesses.
Both businesses were shut down following the arrests.
ORIGINAL STORY 2/7/19 11:44PM
Parkersburg Police have arrested four women on prostitution charges after detectives say they were operating a prostitution ring at two massage parlors in Parkersburg.
Hua Yun Sun, 55, Shu Ying Jiao, 56, Yun Lin Lui, 43, and Zu Qiong Li, 57, all of Parkersburg, W.Va., were arrested on Feb. 6, 2019 and charged by Parkersburg Police with multiple prostitution-related crimes.
The investigation started when investigators received an anonymous tip that sexual activities were allegedly being done for money at Hot Stone Massages, at 3003 Murdoch Avenue in Parkersburg.
Detectives contacted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help identify the occupants and employees of the massage parlors.
Investigators found the same person who owned Hot Stone Massages also owned other massage parlors, including the Asian Massage Parlor at 3501 Emerson Avenue, Suite 5A, where investigators discovered alleged prostitution was also taking place.
An undercover police officer went to Hot Stone Massages and Asian Massage Parlor and received a massage.
According to the criminal complaint, at each location, the massage parlor employees completed an agreement for sexual favors.
The undercover operation was conducted a second time to gather more evidence, resulting in the same agreements being made for sexual favors.
At 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Parkersburg Police detectives conducted search warrants at both massage parlors and arrested four women.
At each location, detectives also found log books with names, cash, video recordings, and electronic devices, which will be analyzed for additional evidence of prostitution.
Suspects arrested at Hot Stone Massages are:
Hua Yun Sun, 55 of 3003 Murdoch Avenue - charged with two counts of prostitution, operating a house of ill fame and operating a massage business without a license.
Shu Ying Jiao, 56, of 3003 Murdoch Avenue - charged with two counts of prostitution, operating a house of ill fame and operating a massage business without a license.
Suspects arrested at the Asian Massage Parlor are:
Zu Qiong Li, 57 - charged with two counts of prostitution, operating without a license and operating a house of ill fame.
Yun Lin Lui, 43, of 3501 Emerson Avenue. - charged with one count of prostitution and operating without a license.
All four suspects were arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Marshall.
Bonds for Sun, Jiao and Li were set at $2,000 each, while Lui's bond was set at $1,000.