Police arrest 2 on prostitution charges

St. George News stock image

ST. GEORGE — Two St. George women were arrested Friday after allegedly arranging to trade sexual acts for money with an undercover police officer.

Xia Ray Yan, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted March 11, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Xia Ray Yan, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted March 11, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

As part of an ongoing investigation into prostitution and sexual solicitation, authorities located an advertisement on a known website that offers prostitution services, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.

Through the website, an undercover officer arranged to exchange money for sexual acts with two women, who were identified as 48-year-old Xia Ray Yan and 64-year-old Guo Jiang.

“It was determined that Guo (Jiang) was encouraging, inducing and otherwise causing Xia Yan to become or remain in prostitution,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “Guo also assisted Xia in coming from Los Angeles to St. George for the purpose of prostitution.”

Yan and Jiang were working from a St. George residence that had been converted into a massage parlor, the report stated.

Guo Jiang, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted March 11, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Guo Jiang, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted March 11, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Yan and Jiang were arrested Thursday and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Both women were charged with a class A misdemeanor for not having the license required for massage practice, along with two class B misdemeanors for sexual solicitation and doing business without a license.

Yan appeared before Judge John J. Walton in 5th District Court Tuesday afternoon for her court arraignment.

Jiang is scheduled to make her initial court appearance before Judge Walton Thursday afternoon.

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

Email: kscott@stgnews.com

Twitter: @STGnews

Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2016, all rights reserved.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!

10 Comments

  • 42214 March 14, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Were the “Johns” blind or what?

  • Lastdays March 14, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    So did these 2 get arrested again ? They were arrested last Thursday afternoon with a similar story and charges as this story. Kind of old news by now.

  • ladybugavenger March 14, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Nasty. People pay for them? Gross

  • debbie March 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    God loves them and wants them. He created them to love them. He hasnt’ given up on them.. if they won’t give up on HIM.. i pray their hearts come to a resolution to leave this terrible life behind them.. no amount of independence and / or dependence is worth that cold, empty feeling left behind by this life. Praying they seek love from the Father.. not people who would judge them. In Christ name i pray, Amen.

    • 42214 March 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I’ll tell you what Debbie, if God created these two creatures in His/Her likeness He/She is ugly. Also, thanks for the sermon, it was better than a BYU devotional.

  • sagemoon March 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

    So just to be the devil’s advocate here: if my friend comes into my home and has me paint her nails and then pays me $5, I am breaking the law? Is the inside of a private residence no longer private? What these women are doing is likely disgusting but it’s not at a hotel, a restaurant bathroom, a public park or any other number of places. They were doing their thing in a private residence. Where has our privacy gone? Get the government out of our sex lives!

    • RealMcCoy March 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Yes you are breaking the law! If the feds found out about that they could swat-bust down your door and arrest you, or shoot you in the back. We as the general population would have to support their actions and call them heros for doing their job. Want to know why? Because you were breaking the law, and the charges against you would be:
      Federal tax evasion
      Operating a business without a license
      Soliciting

      And if you protest their intrusion, you also get slapped with:
      Impeding a Federal Officer from carrying out their job
      Resisting arrest

      See how easy it would be for the charges to make you sound like a hardened criminal?
      You’ll get the same support from us you gave the Bundys, you law breaking, tax evading criminal.

      • sagemoon March 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        You got that right! They lied to me in elementary school when they told me I live in a free country.

      • IDIOT COMMENTERS March 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

        it’s very orwellian, but he’s right.

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS March 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    i always wondered what went on in those massage parlors. lol

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.