By Conrad Dudderar
Two employees of a Bethany massage parlor were arrested on prostitution charges as part of an undercover police sting.
Xizhen Yan, 50, of Monterey Park, Calif., and Faxiu Liao, 47, of Bethany, were booked June 9 into the Oklahoma County Jail after the latest investigation at Balance Massage, 8010 NW 39th Expressway.
Bond for each woman was set at $10,000. Former criminal charges are pending in Oklahoma County District Court.
Bethany residents have lodged “numerous complaints” about massage parlor employees making sexual advances to customers, said Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Dillon Quirk.
Bethany Police called the Oklahoma City Police vice unit at about 4 p.m. June 9 to help investigate the latest complaint about Balance Massage, according to a police incident report.
“A vice detective entered the open business and was greeted by two Asian females identified as Yan and Liao,” officer David Hollis wrote in the report.
“The detective paid $40 for a 30-minute massage. Yan took the money and Liao performed the massage.”
During the massage, Liao allegedly attempted to perform a sexual act on the undercover officer.
Vice detectives then entered the massage parlor and placed Yan and Liao in custody for “engaging in prostitution”, according to the police report. Bethany Police took the two women to the Oklahoma County Jail.
Property seized as evidence from the Bethany massage parlor were a DVR drive, three notebooks, ATM machine, and cash. These items were taken and booked into the Oklahoma City Police property room.
The arrest of Yan and Liao was the result of the third investigation into Balance Massage, which temporarily closed in March after two similar investigations.
The vice unit – comprised of sworn Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies – has investigated this business twice for Bethany Police and both times a criminal case was made, according to the police report.
On its website, Balance Massage describes its services:
“Asian Body Massage helps to relax the entire body, increases circulation of the blood and treats emotion, mind and spirit. Here at Balance Massage, we love being a part of helping taking part in people’s wellness and a better life.”
Police will continue to investigate complaints and make arrests “as long as we need to,” Sgt. Quirk said.