Police arrested two women and one man Friday in an undercover prostitution sting at a massage parlor on Poplar Street in Casper.
An undercover Casper police officer entered Lovely Therapy Massage on Friday evening and agreed to pay $130 for a massage and a sex act by two women, according to arrest affidavits. During the massage, one of the women pointed to the officer’s genitals and asked if he wanted her to touch there, the affidavit states.
As the women began to “initiate the sexual act,” the undercover officer called for other officers waiting nearby and arrested the women, Ren Qingyun of Casper and Xiao Rong Si of Los Angeles, on suspicion of prostitution, a misdemeanor.
While officers waited for a warrant to search the building, two men approached the business for appointments. One man said he had researched Lovely Therapy online and suspected it was an erotic massage parlor, which is why he had come to the business, the affidavits state. The other man said he wanted only a back massage. The police told both men to leave.
After a judge granted the search warrant, officers found about $6,000 in cash stashed in various places around the building, the affidavits state.
The company phone rang as officers searched the building. When an officer answered, the caller identified himself as Jimmy Suen, the owner of the parlor, and agreed to meet with investigators.
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Suen told an FBI agent who was assisting with the operation that his employees signed a release that waived the business’ liability if they performed sexual acts while working, according to the affidavits. He said he did not know where the documents were located and that they were written in Chinese.
Officers arrested Suen, of Daly City, California, on suspicion of promoting prostitution, a felony.
The bust came one day after police arrested four women suspected of prostitution and one man suspected of soliciting prostitutes in another undercover operation.
All eight arrests were part of Operation Cross Country, an annual nationwide effort by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to rescue underage victims of sex trafficking. Last year, 149 underage victims were rescued across the country and more than 150 others were arrested, according to the FBI, which spearheads the operation.
Casper police rescued a 16-year-old girl who had been trafficked to Casper from Colorado in a 2014 sting that was part of the nationwide operation.