Troy shuts down massage facility for prostitution

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 2, 2019

File photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — The Troy City Council revoked the license for a massage parlor on Long Lake Road after police received several anonymous tips about possible illegal acts there and police witnessed a woman massaging a naked man’s genitalia during an inspection of the facility.

The council revoked the license in a 6-0 vote after a due process hearing before the council Sept. 23. Mayor Dane Slater was absent.

According to the police report, police conducting a license inspection at Asian Spring Massage, 2885 E. Long Lake Road, said they discovered a 30-year-old Troy woman performing a lewd act on a 68-year-old Macomb Township man just after 2:45 p.m. July 19.

The employee and the man were both charged with prostitution.

Police also discovered a 53-year-old Troy woman giving a customer a massage without a proper license, according to the police report.

Police issued her an ordinance violation for performing a massage without a license.

The owner of the business, a 51-year-old Troy woman, was issued an ordinance violation for allowing an unlicensed person to perform a massage.

Troy City Manager Mark Miller immediately suspended the massage license.

The owner, Xiuqin Xu, went before the council Sept. 23 in a due process hearing, where her attorney, Jonathan Jones, asked the council to reinstate the license after 30 days.

Xu used an interpreter during the proceedings, as Jones said she does not speak fluent English, and she said she had no idea the prostitution was occurring. She said she did not give her permission for the act and that she was outside the building at the time police discovered it happening behind a closed door.

Xu also said the therapist who police discovered performing a foot massage without a license had said she had one, but Xu didn’t check.

Troy Assistant City Attorney Nicole MacMillan said that five ordinance violations occurred: prostitution, receiving acts of prostitution, massage given without a license, licensee allowed massages without a license, and failure to submit an updated list of employees.

She noted that one violation is sufficient for the council to revoke the massage license.

Jones noted that the massage facility had been inspected multiple times before, and no violations were found previously.

“She admits her administrative mistake,” he said. “I don’t believe it was her fault. It is a deplorable act. You don’t want this type of stuff going on in your city. The bad apple is ticketed. She is fired. There’s nothing else my person can do.”

“This should not happen here,” said Councilwoman Ellen Hodorek. “There is zero tolerance. It’s serious. Harm has been caused here tonight,” she said, referring to a group of high school students who attended the meeting.

“We take this very seriously,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ethan Baker. “I’m embarrassed to be sitting up here with kids here.”

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