The former owner of an Inver Grove Heights massage business has been sentenced to five years and five months in prison for promoting prostitution.
In September, Wang pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prostitution through Herb Spa, which was in the Arbor Pointe strip mall off Concord Boulevard and northeast of Minnesota The city granted Wang a therapeutic massage for the business in May and again in and this year. It had minimal age, the front door was locked at all times and shades covered the windows, criminal charges state. Customers were required to ring a doorbell to enter.
Inver Grove Heights police began an investigation into Herb Spa after officers learned of customer reviews on a website that gives information about sexual services at massage businesses. The reviews for Herb Spa began in and described sexual acts that were performed, the masseuse that performed them and the cost, according to a criminal complaint in the case. During the investigation, officers stopped two men on two separate occasions after they left Herb Spa. Both said they had paid women working at the business to perform sexual acts on them, the court records said.
Neither of the women were Wang, the men told investigators.
Through surveillance, police determined that Wang and women working at the business appeared to be living there. Wang made multiple runs to and from Minneapolis-St.
During a July 18 search of the business, officers found two women inside who were living in the back of the business. There were no traditional massage tables, and beds were on wood crates on the floor.
One woman said she was from California and had been working at the business since February. She said she paid Wang rent and that Wang kept half the profit she made from services she provided, according to the court records.
Wang went shopping to provide groceries and toiletries, the woman said. By Nick Ferraro nferraro pioneerpress. Xueyan Wang The city granted Wang a therapeutic massage for the business in May and again in and this year.