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June 13, 2014

Richland massage parlor raided: Prostitution allegations lead to women’s arrests

— Rumors about what went on behind the doors of a Richland Township massage parlor had been circulating for months.

It wasn’t until customers of Traditional Chinese Massage came forward that police learned the business may have offered more than massages.

“We had received reports from individuals who went there for a legitimate massage and then were offered sexual services,” Richland police Detective Kevin Gaudlip said. “Rumors also started circulating throughout the community that there were happy endings at this message parlor.”

Police on Wednesday raided the business located in the Richland Shopping Center along Scalp Avenue. They arrested two Asian women and seized computers, notebooks, photographs, cellphones, a checkbook, a passport and a list of clients.

Police arrested Hong Yuan Lin, 54, of Pittsburgh, and Xianzi Li, 54, who police said had been living at the business, on charges of prostitution and related offenses.

The two were arraigned Thursday by on-call District Judge John Barron of Stonycreek Township.

The women speak broken English but a Chinese translator was needed during the video arraignment.

Lin is being held on $160,000 bond. Bond for Li was set at $150,000.

The women entered the Unites States legally, Gaudlip said.

The women offered to shower their clients and offered a “four hands massage” by two women, according to the criminal complaint filed by police.

Richland police along with Cambria County detectives, the state police vice unit, FBI and Stonycreek Township police participated in the raid.

The business was closed on Thursday and likely will remain closed with the two operators in jail, Gaudlip said.

Gaudlip said Xiuji An is the name on the occupancy permit. There is no telephone listing for An.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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