PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – An undercover police officer with the Pembroke Pines Police Department used department-issued funds to get sexual massages in the nude at three massage parlors, according to recent arrest reports.
Records show the massages were part of an operation resulting in the arrests of four women, ages 48 to 58, who are from Shanghai, China. The women, who didn’t have a Florida Department of Health license to practice massage therapy, are facing prostitution charges.
According to Sgt. Viola Judon, a spokeswoman for the department, the investigation was ongoing Thursday. Officers arrested the four women Tuesday. In the women’s four arrest reports, the officer reported spending nearly $450.
Hongyan “Wendy” Li, 50, and Rongling “Mimi” Huang, 52, were at the Charm Spa Massage, 9137 Taft St., police said. The officer purchased a 30-minute massage for $50, and he later placed $58 more on the bedside table in front of Li.
The officer reported Li, who has a New York driver’s license, touched his buttocks, slipped her fingers through the exterior of his anus, grabbed his penis and said it would cost $120 to have sex, $100 to have oral sex and $200 to have sex with Li and Huang.
“She showed me her breast and asked me why I didn’t want her,” the officer wrote in his report, adding that after the massage “he put on his visual recording device” to talk to Li.
The undercover detective had already met Huang. He reported that on Dec. 17 he received a 30-minute massage from Huang for $50. He said he gave her a $40 tip and asked Huang to “tease” him.
The officer reported Huang grabbed his penis and offered oral sex for an extra $20. He reported tipping her an extra $20 for “the additional minutes.”
According to the arrest reports, Li listed her permanent address as the Charm Spa Massage and Huang said her permanent address was a home near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
Jianxia “Yuyo” Xin, 58, was working at the 5 Roses Asian Massage & Spa, 7791 Pines Blvd., when the undercover officer met her Nov. 27, according to the arrest report. The officer reported paying $40 for a 30-minute massage and placing $40 more on a corner table once he was with Xin.
“She grabbed my hand and placed it on her buttocks while simultaneously manipulating my genitals,” the officer wrote.
The officer reported Xin also gave him a massage Jan. 15, when he once again paid $40 for a massage and left a $40 tip on a stool. After the massage, Xin said a “four-hand massage” would be $80 for 30 minutes, the report said.
According to the arrest report, Xin listed her permanent address as the 5 Roses Asian Massage & Spa.
Wiexia “Emi” Shi, 48, was working at the Body Salon, 10462 Taft St., police said. The undercover officer reported he met Shi on Jan. 22, after paying $50 for a 30-minute massage. He reported leaving a $40 tip on her work table and Shi touched his genitals and said a “hand job” was $50.
According to the arrest report, Shi listed her permanent address as the Body Salon.
Last year, John Richmond, the U.S. State Department’s top anti-sex-trafficking official, told The New York Times that most of the human traffickers who are exploiting Chinese women at thousands of spas around the country are using nonviolent forms of coercion.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said last year during a news conference about a human trafficking operation involving massage parlors and women from China that “the tentacles” of the ring went from Florida to New York to China. The women were treated as victims and not as paid sex workers.
Li, Huang, Xin and Shi face charges of practice without a license and soliciting prostitution.