Two separate undercover stings at Temecula massage parlors led to the arrest of two women.
The covert operation took place on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday May 17, Temecula Police Sgt. Gaskins said in a written report.
On Wednesday, an officer from the Temecula Police Department’s Problem Oriented Police Team posed as a customer in need of a massage at Wellness and Chiropractor Massage located at 27715 Jefferson Avenue in Temecula.
Temecula resident Amy Inthavong, 31, was arrested after she solicited the undercover officer for prostitution, a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release stated.
In a similar operation on Thursday May 17, the undercover officer went into Sunny Foot Reflexology Massage, located at 27517 Ynez Road in Temecula.
A solicitation of prostitution occurred and employee Lili Chu, 48-years-old was arrested, officials said.
“It’s these types of places that give legitimate massage therapists a bad name,” San Diego-based therapist Alison Donnelly said.
Donnelly has been a massage therapist for almost 20 years and says she has helped hundreds of people throughout her career.
“I have seen people make incredible health improvements with the benefit of therapeutic massage,” Donnelly explained.
With the help of the Temecula Code Enforcement, it was discovered both locations were out of compliance with Building and Safety codes, Health and Safety codes and Temecula Municipal codes.
Both women were booked into the Southwest Detention Center on charges of solicitation of prostitution.
Additional enforcement operations and compliance checks will be conducted in the future, Sgt. Gaskins added.
Anyone with additional information regarding this operation is urged to contact Officer J. Marquez from the Problem Oriented Policing Team at 951-696-3000.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at email@example.com.