Task Force Cites 6 At Vista Massage Parlor

Newly Formed North County Prostitution/Human Trafficking Task Force Involved In Operation

The owner of a Vista massage parlor and six women who worked there were arrested and the business was shut down during an undercover operation into allegations of prostitution, the sheriff's department announced Friday.

Responding to complaints from masseuses about prostitution at Asian Acupressure at 1011 S. Santa Fe Ave., and reports that men were visiting the business at night, the North County Prostitution/Human Trafficking Task Force conducted a sting operation, said sheriff's Sgt. Joe Mata.

The owner of the massage parlor, Suhua Qiu, 47, was arrested and cited for municipal code violations, including allowing unlicensed masseuses to perform massages and having locks and peep holes on massage room doors, according to the sheriff's department.

Shaojuan Tong, 43, Changping Gu, 42, and Deming Dai, 47, were cited for giving massages without a license.

Hong Chen, 30, and Ayang Zhang, 50, were cited for failing to cover a client, illegal touching and being unlicensed masseuses, according to sheriff's officials.

All the suspects were cited for Vista municipal code violations, and those arrested were later released on their own recognizance, but city officials shut down the business while the investigation continued.

Men continued to arrive at the massage parlor while uniformed officers were at the scene, and investigators were eventually forced to turn off the lights and lock the doors to complete the investigation, according to the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's department conducted a similar prostitution investigation in June 2009 after city officials noted an unusually high number of people seeking licenses for acupuncture and day spa businesses, along with more massage therapist permit requests, the Union-Tribune reported.

An undercover operation at nine of the businesses resulted 26 Chinese nationals being arrested on suspicion of prostitution, and all nine businesses were shut down.