UPDATE: 5 arrested in massage parlor prostitution sting

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UPDATE: [9:30 a.m. 3/21/2018] A total of five people have been arrested in a recent prostitution sting in West Monroe involving two massage parlors and another unidentified location.

West Monroe Police also arrested Yuanquia Han, 44-years-old of Shreveport, on one count of pandering and one count promoting prostitution.

According to the arrest report, officers executed search warrants at three different locations in West Monroe. One of the locations was Shangri-La Spa located at 1408 North 7th Street in West Monroe. Yuanquiao Han was listed as the owner of the business. Investigation revealed Han often rotates her employees from Shangri-La Spa to another business located in California. While working at Shangri-La Spa, the employees were made to live at an unknown location.

The following four individuals were also arrested in regards to the investigation.

LiJuan Yang, 37 year-old female, was arrested for 1 count promoting prostitution, 1 count criminal conspiracy, and one count prostitution by massage.

According to Yang’s arrest report, she was running the day to day operations and was listed in multiple documents for the business, and listed as the registered owner for the vehicle that transported the employees (daily) at the China Massage and Spa. Yang was responsible for providing illegal massages as well as setting up illegal massages for other employees to conduct at the China Massage. Yang is being held at the Ouachita Correctional Center on a $7,250.00 bond.

Han Yuan Dong, 42-year-old male, was arrested for 1 count criminal conspiracy.

According to Dong’s arrest report, he was scheduling appointments for illegal massages at the Shangri-La Spa. Dong was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on a $2,000.00 bond.

Haiyan Liu, 45-year-old female, was arrested for prostitution by massage and criminal conspiracy.

According to Liu’s arrest report, she was scheduling appointments and conducting illegal massages at the China Massage and Spa. Liu is being held at the Ouachita Correctional Center on a $5,200.00 bond.

Haiping Sun, 45-year-old female from Shreveport, was arrested for one count of pandering (felony), and one count of promoting prostitution.

Sun’s full arrest report contains details of an alleged sexual encounter and strong language. You can read her report by clicking here.

All of the arrest reports say several illegal massages were performed during undercover operations. During the undercover operations the client’s private areas were exposed and touched.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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UPDATE : [10:00 p.m. 3/20/2018]

Carisa Beard works at the E-spot Vape Shop in West Monroe.

She said for months she’s noticed suspicious activity at the business next door, the China Massage and Spa. 

“They were always there when we would leave the plaza at night,” Beard said. “They were always there when we’d get here in the morning. I’d never see them leave and it’s kinda weird for a massage parlor to be open so late if there’s not illicit activity going on.” 
 
However, Beard isn’t the only local employee to question what happens behind closed doors. 
 
“It’s kinda like alright, is this a legitimate business going on or is something else happening?” said Michaela Harris, an employee at the Corner Coffee House.  “Cars come up, pick someone up, they get in the car drive away for like an hour.. thirty minutes drop them off and then drive away.”
 
After a several month-long investigation, police arrested four employees of the China Massage and Spa and The Shangrila Spa on North 7th Street. 
 
Some of the suspects are accused of massages that included the touching of genitals. 
 
“You go about your life not thinking that something like this could be happening right down the street from you, or even happen to you but it does all the time,” Beard added. 
 
Community members said it’s an important reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and if you see something, say something. 
 
“These kinds of things happen under our noses all the time,” Beard said. 
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(3/20/18) Four have been arrested after being accused of scheduling illegal massages at two massage parlors in West Monroe.

West Monroe Police tell us the arrests took place around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning after a several month long investigation.

Police served both search and arrest warrants for China Massage on Blanchard Street and Shangrila Spa on North 7th Street, both in West Monroe.

Police have arrested four individuals in the recent investigation with more arrests expected.

LiJuan Yang, 37 year-old female, was arrested for 1 count promoting prostitution, 1 count criminal conspiracy, and one count prostitution by massage.

Han Yuan Dong, 42-year-old male, was arrested for 1 count criminal conspiracy.

Haiyan Liu, 45-year-old female, was arrested for prostitution by massage and criminal conspiracy.

Haiping Sun, 45-year-old female from Shreveport, was arrested for one count of pandering (felony), and one count of promoting prostitution.

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