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Investigators raid Waco massage parlors, arrest woman in prostitution ring

Investigators raid Waco massage parlors, arrest woman in prostitution ring


At least two Waco massage parlors were raided this week, and the woman who operated the businesses was arrested Friday on a felony organized crime charge, court documents state.

McLennan County Sheriff's Office detectives received search warrants and raided massage parlors at 2625 W. Waco Drive and 2509 Washington Ave. on Monday. Detectives posed undercover as clients of the businesses in October and November, the search warrants state.

Women working at each business offered detectives massages and offered them sexual acts for an additional fee, according to the warrants. Each of the investigators refused the offers, the warrants state.

The women working at the businesses were immigrants, according to the warrants.

"Through debriefs with victims, I have learned that they are not told what they will be doing until they arrive at the establishment," an investigator wrote. "They are routinely housed in the establishment by traffickers to save money."

During the investigation, authorities learned Chun Yang Zhang, 47, of Austin, was the tenant of both locations, according to an arrest affidavit. While conducting surveillance, investigators learned Zhang had at least three women working for her, the affidavit states.

"It was learned that they provide the boss with $300 a month to be able to reside within the parlor," the affidavit states. "They indicated that they keep 20 percent of all earnings, however the boss makes them give their whole first week as a deposit."

Detectives also obtained video evidence from cameras set up in the parlor by Zhang and a man known to be her husband, the affidavit states.

Zhang was arrested Friday in Waco and taken to McLennan County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. She remained in jail Friday evening. No bond information was immediately available.

Authorities said the investigation remains ongoing.

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