visalia – Four massage parlors in Visalia were found to be engaging in acts of prostitution last week.
The businesses were identified during a compliance detail conducted by the Visalia and Fresno police departments on March 30. The following massage parlors were cited for prostitution: ABC Relaxing Station, 2225 E. Mineral King Ave.; Sunshine Massage, 1933 W. Caldwell Ave.; Happy Massage, 1320 W. Walnut Ave.; and Valley Serenity Massage, 1525 S. Mooney Blvd. #B.
Officers with the Visalia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, Narcotics Unit, Code Enforcement and the TARGET Task Force arrested four women for engaging in prostitution while working as masseuses. They were: 42-year-old Peng Shu Ying; 41-year-old Yuxian Chen; 57-year-old Runlan Zhao; and 47-year-old Wei Chen. Additionally the owner of Valley Serenity Massage, 45-year-old Fengdong Wang, was cited for allowing unlicensed masseuses to work in her establishment. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
The Visalia bust comes just six months after an investigation in the Porterville area led to the arrest of eight women working at five massage parlors in September 2015.