Arrests follow investigation into sexual solicitation claims at massage parlor

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ST. GEORGE – An investigation into complaints of alleged sexual solicitation at a massage parlor led to the arrest of two women last week.

Yidan Tang, 37, and Xiaonan Sun, 56, were taken into custody Thursday following the execution of a search warrant at the “Japan Massage” parlor on St. George Boulevard.

Xiaonan Sun, booking photo, May 31, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“Investigators have had an ongoing investigation into the business for the past few months,” St. George Police officer Lona Trombley said. “The St. George Police Department has received both information and complaints about this business regarding sexual acts being performed during massages for money.”

Tang and Sun were working at the parlor when police arrived with the warrant and subsequently arrested them.

An undercover officer who visited the massage parlor wrote in a probable cause statement that he received a message from Sun. During the visit she “offered to ‘massage’ the (undercover officer’s) genitals in exchange for money,” the report states.

Investigators also stopped a man leaving the massage parlor that day who admitted he had received a massage from Sun that included the extra “massage,” according to the probable cause statement.

Yidan Tang, booking photo, May 31, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

While being questioned by police following her arrest, Sun denied ever offering sex acts in exchange for money.

Tang allegedly offered sex acts for two other male customers that day, according to police records.

Sun was charged with two class B misdemeanors related to prostitution.

Tang was charged with charged with two class A misdemeanors related to offering or committing a sex act in exchange for money, as well as one class A misdemeanor for not having a required state license to perform a massage.

Both were booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. Tang has since been released on bail, according to court records.

Tang’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, while Sun is set to appear in court June 15.

“Homeland security agents are looking into the immigration status of the suspects,” Trombley said. “Similar investigations have been conducted into this massage parlor within the past few years which have also resulted in arrests being made for prostitution-related crimes and professional license violations.”

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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23 Comments

  • jaybird June 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Wonder how much business the JM actually does.

  • Bender June 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Those Japanese women look pretty Chinese.

    • comments June 6, 2018 at 12:07 am

      They actually are–illegal chinese aliens. They literally sneak in on the cargo ships. They come in in port cities, but i suppose these ones have migrated over here to good ol’ suddern ut. Whether they’ve been “trafficked” who knows–these 2 aren’t exactly beauties so i doubt it, and giving bad massages and sexual favors probably buys them a much better life than they had in china. I was told that in the bay area of CA illegal chinese have actually replaced illegal mexicans in many jobs because they illegal chinese will work for cheaper than the mexicans. Won’t find many japanese women working in seedy massage shops–maybe they named it Japan massage as sort of an ironic joke.

      • Luka June 6, 2018 at 11:25 am

        Hope I don’t offend you but you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about man they get 10-year visas now they don’t smuggle people on boats anymore they stopped that long time ago and and there’s no way that illegal Chinese can ever outnumber …* illegal Mexicans in this …* state at least the Chinese add value to it

        * Ed. ellipsis added

      • An actual Independent June 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

        That seems like a lot of speculation that you’ve decided to present as fact, in this particular case.

        • comments June 6, 2018 at 7:19 pm

          The only part that’s speculation is that these are Chinese. Plenty of them could be from the other 3rd-worldish east asian countries–Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc, although these names look very chinese. The market is gonna be saturated for “massage parlors” where these types of east asians get off the boats in CA, seattle, etc, so they’ll wander over to UT to do “business”(plus, these two gals would have a tough time competing w/ the younger, better looking ones in those cities). It’s similar to how the AFRICAN AMERICAN prostitutes will wander over to st george from vegas or LA to do “business”. It’s because they can’t compete in a saturated markets like those, esp if they’re not good looking. It’s pretty simple market dynamics at play. Lot of desperate men in ‘suddern’ ut who are willing to pay for sexual favors, and as far as I’m aware this town isn’t saturated in prostitutes, so you’ve got these chinese and other prostitutes moving on in because the demand is high and supply is low, so the money is good. And you’ve got the mormon business owners who are fine with this sort of thing so long as they’re getting a good size cut $$$. That’s what I love about my fellow So. UT mormons–when money is involved all morality goes right out the window. I guess they’ll still try to keep up appearances on sunday, but that money from the “massage parlors” is just as green as money made legally, so it must please THE LORD. amen 😉

          • An actual Independent June 8, 2018 at 6:46 am

            Yep. Like I said.

          • comments June 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

            An actual Independent, you’re an idiot. Like little Dumpy down there, you’re naive and simple… just dumb. cheers buddy 😉

          • An actual Independent June 9, 2018 at 9:24 am

            We can’t all be blowhards and self proclaimed experts on every single topic under the sun.

          • comments June 9, 2018 at 11:45 am

            nothing here is speculation, and you add nothing but whining. just useless 😉

      • Striker4 June 7, 2018 at 12:18 am

        LOL !! Hahaha. another load of total B.S. from Prophet Bob and his book of jokes

        • comments June 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

          Let my tell you, my dear little Dumpy Dump –“striker8/4/5/10” 😉 . Sometimes I wish I didn’t know how this sort of stuff works bc it prob contributes to my having a rather cynical view of humanity. I lived in a major port city for years, and the place was packed with these “asian massage parlors”, and EVERYONE knew that these were just fronts for prostitution–the cops knew, everyone knew, but the places were just tolerated. Most of these women working in these places are immigrants from asia–no way to know how many are illegal, but a lot of them sneak in on the cargo ships. Someday, Dump, when you aren’t just a little wet-behind-the-ears idiot living in mom’s basement, maybe you’ll have learned a few things about how life works. 😉

  • 42214 June 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Count 1: solicitation for prostitution, misdemeanor.
    Count 2: Felony ugly

  • Mike P June 6, 2018 at 8:59 am

    So, they’ve been “investigating” this massage parlor for months? I wonder how many “special genital massages” the officers received before they were arrested…..

    • Striker4 June 7, 2018 at 12:19 am

      ask comments he knows everything !

  • asianspa June 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Are the cops and the city of St. George happy going to the same location every 5 months to arrest a few women at a time? There is obviously little more nefarious trafficking and money laundering going on here. Who owns the building? Why does the business never change name, sign, or anything and boom back open? This place is open yet again …. fresh off the boat aliens ready to be arrested in 5 months. This is stupid and ridiculous, go after the owner of this building already. They are punking you out STG

    • Luka June 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

      You need to mind your own business I don’t understand how you people give these women way too much credit of being organized in trafficking and …* money laundering I mean you guys watch too many movies man you have no idea what’s going on the mob was running this we wouldn’t be having this conversation most of these people are just trying to make a living and taking care of their families and at least you’re not on welfare and you know that nobody sticks up for these people you know because they just get thrown under the bus you know oldest professional you know it’s just automatically assume that you know the dirt doing something illegal and then at the end of the day just everybody’s just jealous and one more thing go and check the office of the inspector General’s report they list massage parlors isn’t issue in human trafficking anymore and for all the arrested they have less than a 2% conviction rate !!!

      * Ed. ellipsis added

    • comments June 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      it’s prob the mayor’s cousin/brother/uncle or something.

      • asianspa June 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        Comments… oh yeah! LOL I forgot that local government doesn’t dare go after anybody on the local level until a thorough nepotism and cronyism check has been done. The police should put a surveillance camera livestream up on their website and monetize it. Everybody would be watching it hoping to catch a glimpse of their neighbor or husband. Sorry ,… it wasn’t a business meeting your husband was at sweetheart but nonetheless he did finalize a deal of some sort.

      • Striker4 June 7, 2018 at 12:25 am

        Wow your incredible comments ! you are absolutely amazing Bob…they should call you the Amazing Bob…..you were never there and yet you know everything that took place ..you know everybodys legal status and who was there ! You’re amazing Bob !! They should call you the Amazing Bob

  • tazzman June 6, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    This story doesn’t have a happy ending.

  • Billy Madison June 6, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Uhmm, how can I become an undercover officer?

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