LAS VEGAS – Detectives say they discovered a purported illegal brothel posing as a massage parlor in Las Vegas.
According to court documents, Cuixiao Ma is accused of promoting prostitution and living off the proceeds of prostitution.
According to officials, the probe against Ma and Oasis Spa is part of an ongoing investigation into accused prostitution companies disguised as massage parlors.
Tropicana Avenue, near Decatur Boulevard, is where the spa is located. Police received a report about the spa’s “functioning as an illegal massage parlor selling various sex services in exchange for money” in May 2022, according to records.
Ma was identified as the owner of the business license by police. Police said they cited a female employee for soliciting or indulging in prostitution during 2022.
Police launched an undercover investigation at the spa on Thursday, January 26. An undercover investigator entered the spa and requested a massage.
A woman at the spa asked the cop whether he wanted a “nice massage” while he was lying on a massage table, according to authorities. The police officer then inquired about the woman’s willingness to pay for sex.
Other officers then entered the establishment and detained three people inside. Condoms and other sex-related things were later discovered in the shop, according to investigators.
According to police, Ma was apprehended outside of an elementary school on Wednesday. Ma informed officers that she was the spa’s owner but not its manager. She denied knowing anything about the suspected prostitution going on inside.
Ma was freed on her own recognizance by Judge Rebecca Saxe, who did not set bond. Ma was scheduled to appear in court again on March 2.
Brothels are legal in various Nevada counties, but not in Las Vegas or Clark County.
Ma’s arrest is the most recent in a long line of brothel-related stings in the Las Vegas valley.
Anyone with information about human trafficking is encouraged to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The FBI can be reached at 1-800-CALL-FBI at any time. Online tips can be sent at tips.fbi.gov.
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