The Feds Say They Shut Down Nine Massage-Parlor Brothels in Massive Prostitution Bust

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We're not sure exactly what authorities thought was going on in the storefront Asian massage parlors that dot strip centers across North Texas. They seem to have taken the ads promising "Fantastic Good Massage" from "Cute & Pretty Staff" at face value. Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin says his department began suspecting otherwise in 2011 after citizens complained of suspicious activity at the spas.

The scales fell from their eyes gradually over the next two years as local police departments, Homeland Security, and the FBI probed ahem investigated what extensive video surveillance, trash-digging, search warrants, and a lot of undercover work would eventually reveal to be brothels.

Turns out, the alleged prostitution ring was bigger than the Galleria-area massage parlor and Far North Dallas home that Dallas police busted on Tuesday. At a news conference yesterday, federal prosecutors announced they've made 20 arrests and shut down nine massage parlors and a couple of homes in Dallas, Hurst, and Plano.

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It was even big enough at least to merit an official nickname: Operation Flaming Dragon. Because Asian.

According to the federal indictment unsealed yesterday, the prostitution ring was headed by a Richardson man who goes by Tony Ha (his legal name is Quyen Thuc Ha), who ran a minor empire of brothels posing as Asian massage joints like Ni-Ni-Ja Foot Massage in Plano, D-Spa on Coit Road in Dallas, and the Hurst Asian Spa.

Prostitutes are transported from California, Nevada, and Georgia, among other locations, to Texas to work for the business enterprise at various locations. The business enterprise pays for the prostitutes airfare either to or from Texas, and the prostitutes are required to pay for the other leg of the trip. Prostitutes work for approximately three to four weeks and are rotated among the business enterprise's locations. After their rotation among the business enterprise's locations have concluded, the prostitutes depart Texas. If a prostitute is successful working for the business enterprise, she may remain in Texas for a longer period of time.

Read the full indictment on page two.

Ha's operation also bought massive quantities of Crown-brand condoms, manufactured in Stratford, Connecticut, which prosecutors note by way of underlining the fact that Ha's operation involved interstate commerce and is therefore a federal crime.

Ten others are named in the indictment besides Ha. Some, like Yu Ling Chang ("Rica" or "Jennifer"), whom Ha refers to as his wife, helped manage the brothels. Others, like Tin Min Lo ("Gordon") and Michael Jones ("Michael") are accused of helping transport the women and bail them out of jail. Still more, like Xia Xu ("Coco") are identified as prostitutes. The other nine arrestees are being charged in state court.

At yesterday's press conference, U.S. Attorney told reporters that there was no evidence that human trafficking was involved, which didn't stop WFAA from declaring that the woman "are not willing participants." Nor were any children involved, though Child Protective Services took custody of a 6-month-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl from a Plano home.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have seized $305,000 in cash, nine cars -- including Lexus, BMW and Mercedes -- and the alleged ringleaders' Plano home where the alleged ringleaders lived.

The Feds Say They Shut Down Nine Massage-Parlor Brothels in Massive Prostitution Bust by DallasObserver

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PHEELL
PHEELL

Some women can't find a better way to make a living though, so I can't really be so judgmental. These women have families and stuff they have to support too right?  So anyways, if you want to help support their families, go to www.rubmaps.com and look up a parlor near you, and feed a family of 4. It's the right thing to do.

SynCin69
SynCin69

Well Alice Chien, my boyfriend is far from ugly and most say I'm very hot. I love sex and adventure. Could not figure  out what was wrong WITH ME and would go so far to say that I would lay in bed nights crying that he would not touch me. Well I got smart, and figured out what was going on. He would rather go to an Asian whore house and pay those sluts money. These little strip malls close to home make it real easy to go to "WALMART" ha, ha. And know wife would be the wiser .GET RID OF THE WHORES....THEY ARE BACK ALL OVER HARWOOD

Garry
Garry

So basically, the owner was pretty stupid. 

jeremy_dl32
jeremy_dl32

IF they want to build brothels, then they should go to countries where it is illegal. Why would they make massage parlors and make them brothels? It's like camouflaging a wolf with a skin of a sheep. Sydney high class brothels will surely be a good choice instead of going to massage parlors.


http://www.sydneybrothels.com.au/

shortbluefiction
shortbluefiction

Wow, real good job.  I think people should be checking Rub Maps for this sort of behavior. 

mnq_zamora
mnq_zamora

I am a Licensed Massage therapist and I am mortified that there are numerous "massage" parlors that are still open for business. I have worked hard and paid heavy amount of tuition to have the title Licensed Massage Therapist, I also have my own business, majority of my clients are female because of the disgust I have for men. All I ask is that these "masseurs" not tarnish the Massage Therapist name and industry. If you are prostitutes then please call your business "Prostitute Whore House" and EXCLUDE massage in your business!  If police need assistance locating this illegal prostitution whore houses I am more than willing to help! I am not surprised that the reason why so many whore houses still exist is because police officers are contributing to this filth. SHUT THESE MASSAGE PARLORS DOWN!

El De
El De

most shocking! not...

Alex Bunch
Alex Bunch

so does this mean my appointment is canceled?

Alice Chien
Alice Chien

I guess if you're ugly you have to PAY for sex.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

The women are better looking, of course. Cindi, if you REALLY had a problem with that, you'd be in favor of licensing and regulating them. But no. That would be to ADMIT that prostitution exists in the US, always has and always will.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

Thank GOD! We're safe from massage parlors. Did anyone else see that Dallas cop show? One night they "surrounded" a Swedish massage parlor and herded all of the women, wrapped in towels, into the parking lot. Phew! It took 12 brave men with assault rifles, but they accomplished their mission!

Lisa Hall
Lisa Hall

i agree there is a lot of human trafficking in these areas

Craig Monroe
Craig Monroe

Damn now I have to find a new masseuse... :'(

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

DUH wait the Simpsons had a Shopw about "ASIAN Massage Palors" in like 1997 the place was called Rub and Tug you Good."

Ed Ball
Ed Ball

Half of those probably were men...

Billy Dakis
Billy Dakis

tragically, there is no happy ending to this story.

Gwen Yarbrough
Gwen Yarbrough

Good!!! I work hard and PROFESSIONAL FOR MY MASSAGE THERAPY MONEY!!

azimmiza
azimmiza

Oldest profession in the world and still not legalized. I guess the only legal way to get F*cked in Texas is by a lawyer or a politician. 

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

ALL men pay for it. Some pay more. Some pay less...

Kathryn McCauley
Kathryn McCauley

Last time I checked, it took 2 participants. Where are all the guys who used these services? Don't tell me -- they were primarily the police, FBI and Homeland Security, right?

Cindi White
Cindi White

I agree James. Many of these women work in these places against their will. It's very sad!

Heather McCallum
Heather McCallum

LoL you know how many pix of guys they would have to post.. I care. .bring that shit to Vegas..

Cindi White
Cindi White

I've seen investigative reports and documentaries about these type of operations. Many of these women are enslaved and forced to work there!

Raina Achimon Hood
Raina Achimon Hood

Haha reminds me of Friends episode with Phoebe's visiting brother

Scott Strong
Scott Strong

It seems to be that in situations like this, where women are being trucked in, its more consistent with human trafficking. Making these women victims.

Alex Villarreal
Alex Villarreal

Who cares. A total waste of money. We're all adults & can make our own decisions.

James Davenport
James Davenport

Why don't they post pics of the men that purchased their services? Seems wrong to post the women's pics only.

asianow
asianow

Dear American men, thank your lucky stars authorities finally got Tony off the streets. I first encountered him as a client of his working girls in 2007...Since then I lost money,Time and even my then 18 year marriage-- all to Tonys brothels. Do not pity those girls as they chose their profession, as did Tony.ALAS! Dad was right when he told me I could get alot of girls lose alot of $ chasing girls

Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make?

JustSaying
JustSaying

Officer, I swear that I thought "ding-dong" was how you say "I want a back massage" in their language. It was an honest mistake.

shorelineampvip
shorelineampvip

@SynCin69 If you were giving it up free and he was still willing to pay for it, maybe you're not that great in bed. 

Garry
Garry

@mnq_zamora 

Actually most of these places don't call themselves Massage parlors. Inside their buildings they have signs stating that if you ask for a massage, you'll be asked to leave, since they are not licensed. They sell "relaxation". 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@mnq_zamora Here's 20 bucks to temporarily overcome your disgust for men (pity your male clients.) Have a towel ready. Faster, baby, there's a line of cops in the waiting room, and I think most of them are looking for masseuses, not masseurs.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@Gwen Yarbrough Do you include anything sexual in your massages? No? Then I doubt these people's clients give a fuck, either.

Garry
Garry

@Cindi White 

That's why they use the opportunity to pocket as much money off you after the house gets their fee. Then rush you out as fast as possible. 

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