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