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.
“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.
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.