Warren Police arrest six in alleged ‘commercial sex operation’

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 8, 2021

 LEFT: Liqiao Li. RIGHT: Yuhong Chen

LEFT: Liqiao Li. RIGHT: Yuhong Chen

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WARREN — An investigation into alleged “commercial sex” at two Warren businesses has resulted in charges against six women.

According to Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer, the investigation was launched by undercover officers from the department’s Special Investigations Division acting on anonymous tips and information obtained online.

The businesses, identified as the Green Massage Center, near 12 Mile and Bunert roads, and China Body Works, near 14 Mile and Ryan roads, were described as “being facades to solicit and commit illicit sexual acts to customers online and in person.”

They were reportedly operated and licensed by Liqiao Li, 31, of Sterling Heights, allegedly “as a front to allow Li and associates to perform sexual acts for additional proceeds.”

Dwyer said the women are from various states, including Michigan, Florida and New York, with ties to China.

According to a release from the Warren Police Department, the officers assigned to the Special Investigations Division and the Special Operations Unit “identified the actors, which resulted in a simultaneous sting operation at both Warren businesses and a residence in Sterling Heights, believed to be where a majority of the women were collectively residing.”

Police said some of the women had been investigated by different agencies in Michigan and other states for similar offenses.

The six women were arraigned Nov. 19 by Judge Michael Chupa in the 37th District Court on a list of charges including keeping a house of prostitution, a five-year felony. Li and Yuhong Chen, 46, of Florida, were also charged with accepting earnings from prostitution. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Bail for Li was set at $50,000 cash or surety. Chen’s was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

Attorney Limin Shyu was listed in court records as representing Chen. He said he was not at liberty to discuss the case and declined comment at this time. Li had no attorney listed in court records Nov. 29.

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