Topeka store owner charged with prostitution

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After a lengthy investigation by Topeka police, a massage parlor owners faces federal charges accusing him of bringing a woman from China to the U.S. for prostitution. 

Yong Jin Zhang, owner of Life Long Foot Massage, has been charged with transporting the woman to Topeka so she could work as a prostitute, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1p4wepH).

Zhang and Yu Lan Su, manager of the store, are also charged with maintaining a house or place for prostitution. Their lawyers didn’t return calls seeking comment.

The two were arrested in May after Topeka police began investigating several Asian massage parlors in 2013, according to an affidavit in support of the federal complaint. A Topeka police officer conducted an undercover operation at Life Long Foot Massage on May 6 where he was offered and paid for a sexual act by “an Asian female,” according to the affidavit. The officer prevented the sex act from happening and left the parlor.

Officers later executed search warrants at Life Long Foot Massage and at an apartment belonging to Zhang where three other female employees were living, including the woman who offered paid sex to the undercover officer. She told authorities she came to the U.S. in 2013 and that she recently traveled from Los Angeles toKansas City, where she was met by Zhang.

The affidavit said Zhang told authorities he knew there was prostitution taking place at the business but that he recently fired two women for engaging in prostitution.

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