A husband and wife who owned a massage parlor that was a front for an illegal prostitution ring got a very unhappy ending when cops raided the place.
What the couple was doing came to public attention when the building’s landlord had to tend to some clogged pipes. What he found disturbed him so much that he called the police in to investigate.
Apparently, the pipes had become clogged with tons of used condoms.
CBS Austin reports that a woman named Juan Wang and her husband Joseph Emery had been running a prostitution ring that was not only unsanitary and dangerous, but also used illegal immigrants as employees.
The NY Daily News has more:
Police in South Austin arrested a husband and wife accused of operating a prostitution ring inside their massage business after a waste pipe became clogged with hundreds of condoms.
CBS Austin reports that a property management company alerted authorities to the clogged pipe and possible prostitution. Police then launched an investigation into the business and its owners, a woman named Juan Wang and her husband Joseph Emery.
During the investigation, police found that Wang and Emery had posted several online ads for Jade Massage Therapy on Backpage.com, a site often used to solicit prostitution.
Officers also interviewed a man seen leaving the parlor who allegedly confessed that his massage ended with the masseuse performing a sexual act on him.
Police then obtained a search warrant for the business and found Wang in one of the rooms with a naked man.
A second naked guy was found in another room with a female masseuse, the outlet reported. Cops also searched Wang and Emery’s home and found over $60,000 in a safe.
According to My San Antonio, further investigation into the husband and wife revealed that Wang had been stopped at Austin Bergstrom International Airport after a TSA agent discovered that she had $30,000 in “duct taped bundles” with her.
Officers let her go after her husband confirmed her story that she was traveling to China with the cash for a medical procedure.
After their arrest, Wang and Emery told police they didn’t know the names of the women working for them and had hired them through a friend. Wang and her husband were charged with money laundering and engaging in organized criminal activity.