Massage Service Owners Taken By Homeland Security

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A Topeka massage parlor was shut down last week on charges they were engaging in acts of prostitution.

Today it was confirmed by Shawnee County Officials that Yong Zhang and co-owner Yo Lan Su have been taken into custodyu by Homeland Security.

In an affidavit earlier in the week, Federal Agent Joseph Stewart outlined the investigation that led to a search of two Topeka massage parlors and the owners' apartment.

13 News followed up on a tip that Life Long Massage at 5620 Southwest 29th Street was raided by police and shut down.

The U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed the action. An affidavit from Homeland Security Special Agent Joseph R. Stewart detailed an ongoing federal investigation at Life Long Massage, JJ's Massage and a Topeka apartment at 2955 Southwest Mcclure Road.

According to the affidavit, on May 6th, an undercover Topeka Police Officer was offered and paid for a sexual act by an Asian woman. The officer prevented the sexual act and left the business.

On May 21st, Stewart found the woman was living in the United States illegally.

In the affidavit, the woman told Stewart her boss, Yong Zhang said "that if male customers asked for a sex act then she should comply."

13 News went to the apartment of the owners of Life Long Massage. One woman was there who says she could not speak English.

A neighbor told 13 News he saw police take mattresses and thousands of dollars in cash from the apartment last week.

Businesses next to Life Long Massage told 13 News they were not surprised it shut down. They said customers would park in the back of the building.

Yong Zhang and co-owner Yo Lan Su are charged with one count of transporting the female employee from China to the U.S. with the intent to engage in acts of prostitution and one count of maintaining a place for purpose of prostitution.

Federal Agent Stewart also said in the affadavit Life Long Massage failed to file required tax documents for its employees.


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