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Prostitution Charges Shut Down Des Peres Massage Business

Two employees at Rong Hua D-Stress were charged with prostitution Monday; the city has pulled the business license.

Prostitution Charges Shut Down Des Peres Massage Business

A Des Peres business had its license revoked after an investigation discovered prostitution at the establishment, which offered massages. Two of the business’ employees were charged Monday with miscellaneous sex violations, breaking the city’s ordinance prohibiting prostitution.

Rong Hua D-Stress, a massage business formerly at 11730 Manchester Road, closed after a St. Louis County Special Investigations Unit determined prostitution occurred at the establishment.

One of the business owners, Jing Yong, provided $500 in bail for each of the women. Yong told police he had the women sign documents that stated they would not perform acts of prostitution while working for him. The documents were printed in Chinese and had not been interpreted when the probable cause statement was filed with prosecutors.

Yong and his wife, Xin Yuan Su, owned and managed the business, one employee told police. The woman told detectives the business kept the initial, upfront fee. The women could keep any tips from customers, she told police.

Jufang Long, 62, and Cuizhen Wu, 40, both of the 15400 block of Duxberry Way Walk in Chesterfield, each were charged with a miscellaneous sex violation for violating the Des Peres ordinance against prostitution. A check with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service indicated both woman are in the country legally.

Rong Hua D-Stress came under scrutiny after the Des Peres Public Safety Department received an anonymous letter complaining about the business. The letter stated the client went to the business seeking a massage for lower back pain, but unexpectedly had inappropriate contact.

An undercover detective with the St. Louis County Special Investigations Unit visited Rong Hua D-Stress and reported a prostitution during a massage given by Long. When police officers entered the building, they walked in on Wu, who was touching a man’s penis, according to the police report.

Des Peres Public Safety Department officials did not know if there are plans to charge the business owners with a crime. Patch was unable to contact the city of Des Peres prosecuting attorney, Timothy Engelmeyer.

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