WESTFIELD, NJ – A nine-month-long investigation into alleged prostitution at massage establishments in town led the arrests of four parlor managers this week, authorities said.
Authorities charged Qingxia Zhu, 28, of Westfield, Jing Liu, 53, of Linden, Xiaoman Zhang, 56, of Watchung, and Michelle X. Gao, 60, of Springfield, with third-degree promoting prostitution and promoting prostitution in a school zone, Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and acting Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a joint statement Friday.
Liu is also charged with second-degree money laundering, authorities said.
The investigation in coordination with state police, revealed that Zhu, Liu, Zhang and Gao were offering sex acts for cash at Chan Spa on North Avenue East, Central Avenue Spa on Central Avenue, Natural Massage Therapy on Boulevard, and Sunny Spa on South Avenue West, according to Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets, who is prosecuting the case.
Police raided the four locations Wednesday and a fifth location in the on West Stimpson Avenue in Linden, authorities said. Police seized $16,000 in cash, ledgers, receipts phone and computers, authorities said.
The women are set to appear at Superior Court in Elizabeth on Oct. 12, Mark Spivey, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said.
Authorities are asking anyone with additional information on the suspects’ activity to contact Westfield Police Detective Jason Merritt at 908-789-6081 or State Police Detective Mark Wettengel at 609-649-5321.
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