Crime

Massage-parlor worker busted for prostitution

A count of soliciting prostitution was filed Wednesday against a worker at a Tavernier massage parlor.

Guihua Chen, 44, was arrested on the misdemeanor count based on a June undercover operation at the Oriental Massage business at Suite 1, 91421 Overseas Highway.

Monroe County Judge Reagan Ptomey imposed a $15,000 bond on Chen, who listed the parlor building as her address. She was released late Thursday afternoon after posting bond. A warrant for a second woman -- Yumei Han, 51 -- was issued.

"Both women are accused of offering to perform sexual acts during the course of a massage for monetary recompense," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

After the Sheriff's Office received reports of prostitution at the parlor, detectives sent two confidential informants in for a massage June 25.

Both men told detectives that one of the parlor workers would touch their genitals during their half-hour massage and ask if the client wanted "this," the report says. No arrests were made at the time.

Deputies served a search warrant on the parlor July 20. Chen and another woman, Hong Gao, 35, were taken into custody July 20 for acting as a masseuse without a state license. Cash and records were seized.

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