MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A North Branch massage parlor was the target of a prostitution raid on Tuesday.
One of the employees of Asian Massage Spa was arrested. Xirong Chen, 48, of New York, was charged with felony second-degree solicitation and promotion of prostitution.READ MORE: Gov. Walz Highlights Minnesota's Vaccination Efforts On Bipartisan Roundtable
A search warrant had been issued for the massage parlor as part of an investigation that started in early February.READ MORE: Wisconsin GOP-Led Legislature Approves Election Law Changes
The North Branch Police Department had received complaints about how many men were coming and going to the business, and police found advertising on Backpage.com featuring “sexually provocative photographs of Asian women wearing lingerie,” according to a press release.MORE NEWS: Future Of Downtown Minneapolis Looking Up, New Economic Numbers Show
The search warrant was executed by the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, the North Branch Police Department and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.