Massage parlor owner charged in prostitution investigation

By BRANDON ANDEREGG

Feb. 16, 2019

NEW BERLIN — An undercover investigation into a New Berlin massage parlor allegedly has revealed that employees were performing sexual acts on clients in addition to massages.

Asian Massage Reflexology owner Jing Zhang was charged Friday with keeping a place of prostitution and may face up to six years in prison if convicted, court records indicate.

In May of 2016, investigators discovered an online advertisement for the business, which offered “wonderful services for nice Asian and Japanese, young sweet and friendly girls,” as well as “new hot girls that change every two weeks, VIP rooms, table showers, and body rubs,” according to a Waukesha County Circuit Court criminal complaint.

Between May of 2016 and March of 2017, a detective gathered information from various departments who had been investigating similar illicit massage parlors in West Allis, Franklin, Waukesha, Green Bay and Appleton, as well as Asian Massage Reflexology, 13827 W. Greenfield Ave.

In April and August of 2017, a confidential informant visited Asian Massage Reflexology where, during his massage, he was allegedly prompted to touch the masseuse inappropriately, while on another occasion, the masseuse inappropriately touched the informant as he was putting his clothes on, the complaint said.

A confidential informant then returned to the business on two more occasions and reported similar experiences. On the last occasion, the masseuse “attempted to negotiate an upcharge from the $60 that had been originally agreed upon,” according to the criminal complaint.

On the three dates where the confidential informant attended the massage parlor, Zhang’s vehicle was parked in the parking lot. In December of 2017, authorities executed a search warrant at the business and found Zhang in a room with a male client.

The client told authorities that “he had been to the business about five times and that he had obtained” a sexual favor “on three prior occasions, at least two of those times” from Zhang, according to the complaint.
 

Search warrant

Prior to the execution of the search warrant but after an employee allegedly performed sex acts on the confidential informant, local authorities pulled Zhang over on West Greenfield Avenue for a defective license plate lamp and right brake light.

Zhang, who’s from Chicago, allegedly told authorities that she was on her way to Chicago to get her phone fixed. The officer on scene reported that Zhang appeared nervous and had no explanation as to why she was using Greenfield Avenue to get to Chicago instead of Interstate 94.

The officer on scene ran Zhang’s criminal history and noted that she had multiple prior entries for prostitution from both Wisconsin and Indiana. The officer was concerned that Zhang was transporting drugs to Chicago, so he executed a canine search.

After conducting a search on the vehicle, authorities discovered several bundles of cash worth a total of $8,495, but the criminal complaint makes no mention of any drugs found in the vehicle. When asked who really ran the massage parlor, Zhang said a guy named Richard Riley runs the business from California. Zhang then called Riley and passed the phone to a detective who was informed by Riley that he lives in Santa Ana and that Zhang runs the salon for him, adding that he authorized Zhang to use the $8,495 for new massage tables, according to the criminal complaint.

Zhang is scheduled for an initial court appearance at 8:15 a.m. March 4.