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WEST VALLEY CITY — The owner of two massage parlors in Salt Lake County has been charged with operating prostitution businesses.
Jian Rong Long, 48, of Salt Lake City, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with three counts of money laundering, a second-degree felony; two counts of exploiting prostitution, a third-degree felony; and three counts of prostitution, a class B misdemeanor.
Long is the owner of Health Massage, 3411 Redwood Road, and Swan Spa, 1465 S. State, according to court records.
The investigation began in 2019 when a man reported to police that he had gone to the business to get a massage on an injured arm, but the woman giving him the massage asked if he wanted his genitals touched, according to the charging documents. She told the man he would have to pay her extra to do that, or pay her a little less not to touch him, the charges state.
"He told the masseuse that this offended him and that he was going to call the police. The masseuse begged (him) not to call the police, then left hurriedly," according to the charges.
Undercover officers conducted an investigation and made several visits to each business starting in 2019. At least six times the officers were offered sexual acts for extra money, the charges state.
On Dec. 14, investigators served multiple search warrants, including one for each business. Money was seized from Long's residence as well as cash found under a bed at Swan Spa, according to the charges.
Police reviewed the data on cellphones that were seized and found several graphic text messages detailing what had happened with clients, the charges say.