Sacto 9-1-1
January 22, 2009
Davis massage-parlor owner busted on prostitution

From Sandy Louey:

Davis police on Thursday arrested the 50-year-old owner of a massage parlor on suspicion of prostitution.

Ping Li, owner of Spring 360 Massage, was booked and released and cited for the charge. The business is located in a commercial building at 132 E St., said Lt. Thomas Waltz said in a press release.

Thursday's operation was done with help from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Waltz said.

An undercover officer was sent into the business and Li, of Monterey Park, was arrested after she agreed to perform sexual acts in exchange for money, Waltz said.

Police said Li's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation into complaints about several massage parlors in Davis where sex acts were offered in exchange for money.

Waltz said a surveillance operation begun in mid-2007 found up to four massage parlors within a four-block area in downtown Davis was frequented exclusively by men.

Suspicions that acts of prostitution were occurring were strengthened after officers found remnants of sexual activity being deposited in a communal restroom near one of the businesses, he said.

Davis police said efforts will be made in upcoming weeks to work with the City Council to craft an ordinance that would protect legitimate massage therapy operations while regulating businesses that act as fronts for illegal activity.

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