Suffolk County Police arrested three women Wednesday, on charges of prostitution and unauthorized practice. The arrests occurred after a raid at a Medford massage parlor.
The fallout came at the end of a weeks-long stakeout in which massage parlor customers leaving a Medford strip mall were stopped and questioned on what they did with masseuses.
The three women, identified as 50-year old Shanyu Piao of Farmingville, Hong He, 41, of Manhattan and 47-year-old Baiyin Wang of Flushing, respectively, advertised their services on Craigslist and Newsday.
Additionally, it was revealed that the women’s employees were also performing massages without valid licenses. A search warrant was issued at around 3:45 p.m. after which their equipment, which included massage tables, body oils, lotions, towels, bedding, a laptop computer, and cash were all seized.
Piao and He were each charged with one count of prostitution and unauthorized practice, and Wang was charged with two counts of each charge.
The women were held overnight and are scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip.