Prostitution alleged at Macomb Township massage parlor

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 12, 2018





MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The owner and manager of a Macomb Township massage parlor have been charged with running a prostitution operation out of the business, and another employee was being sought by police at press time.


The Macomb County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest and arraignment of Kui Liu, 61, and Lanjun Zhao, 52, on Jan. 11. The two were arraigned Jan. 8 in the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township on charges of prostitution/keeping house of, a five-year felony, and using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony.


Police said Liu, of Madison Heights, is listed as the owner of the massage parlor and Zhao is shown as the manager. Both are in the United States on work visas and green cards.


In late September 2017, the Sheriff's Office's special enforcement team received several anonymous tips that prostitution was taking place at the massage parlor at 21 Mile and Hayes roads. Police began surveilling the location and found social media advertisements looking for clients.


On more than one occasion, detectives were sent into the parlor and were solicited by the workers.


This month, search warrants were executed for the business and a residence in Madison Heights. Several items were taken as evidence and people were interviewed, aided by an interpreter, before Liu and Zhao were taken into custody.


The Sheriff's Office is still looking for a third suspect, Zhiping Zhong, 59, who was listed as a second manager of the parlor. Police could not locate here at the time of the search warrants. She is described as a 5-foot-2-inch Asian female weighing approximately 130 pounds with black, shoulder-length hair. She has been known to drive a silver Nissan Versa in the areas of Clarkston, Canton, Ferndale and Novi.


Anyone with any information on Zhong's whereabouts should call the Macomb County Sheriff's S.E.T. unit at (586) 493-4861.


Both Liu and Zhao were given a $10,000 bond and are due back in court for a probable cause hearing at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17. The court said Liu was going to retain his own attorney, which he had not done by the arraignment, and Zhao's lawyer, Marc Hart, did not return a message seeking comment by press time.