Texas authorities in Austin busted a prostitution ring after an incoming realty company found hundreds of used condoms in a massage parlor’s plumbing.
Police were tipped off about the Jade Massage Therapy parlor after a realty company -who recently acquired the property- discovered the building’s industrial disposal unit had been destroyed by the amount of condoms that had been dumped in the toilet.
“I was like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’” APD Human Trafficking and Vice Unit Sgt. Kevin Covington said. “It’s not the normal tip you would get, or lead you would get on a place committing criminal activity, but it happened, so that helped us out.”
Two days prior to the incident business co-owner Wan Wang was stopped by airport security with $30,000 in cash and had told police it was for a medical procedure in China. Wang was caught in the lie when she mistakenly said she only made about $20,000 in the USA per year.
“When (an officer) pointed out that she was carrying in excess of a year’s worth of income Wang became visibly nervous and had difficulty answering further questions,” an affidavit said.
While Wang was allowed to go to China for her trip, the police managed to connect her phone number with a Backpage account that had ads for sexual services at Jade Massage. In fact, the second parlor location was listed on Rubmaps, a private website that identifies which massage parlors are willing to engage in illicit activities.
On March 22, APD executed search warrants at the address and found Wang and another woman with naked men. Wang and her husband, Joseph Emery now face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering, the affidavit said.
According to Statesman, neither Wang nor Emory were listed in custody at the Travis County Jail on Tuesday morning.
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