Friday, September 21, 2018

Prostitution Charges Filed

The owners and operators of the China Doll Massage Parlor in Roland have been arrested for prostitution.

Jie Zhang, 55, was charged Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with maintaining a house of prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school or church, and Qing Zhang, 49, was charged Tuesday in district court with pandering and maintaining a house of prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school or church. This is the second time Qing Zhang has been charged for prostitution.

According to the investigator’s report filed with the charges, the sheriff’s department received anonymous tips that the massage parlor was providing sexual acts for money.

An undercover officer was sent in on Sept. 11, according to the report, and paid $40 to Qing Zhang, identified as the owner, for a massage. Jie Zhang gave the massage, and when she gestured toward the officer’s genitals, allegedly offering additional services, other officers were called in to make the arrests.

The report goes on to say that Qing Zhang had left the building at the time, but she was later located by Roland police and arrested.

Qing Zhang was arrested last year, on July 19, 2017, at the massage parlor for the same reason. She is charged with computer pandering and maintaining a premises for prostitution in that case. An arrest warrant was issued for her co-defendant, Shen Luyun, 30, who did not appear for her arraignment. She is charged with violation of an Oklahoma statute via computer and engaging in prostitution.

Qing Zhang entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment on Wednesday. Her next court appearance is set for Dec. 12 on the felony disposition docket. She was released on a $10,000 bond on Wednesday.

A bench warrant was issued for Jie Zhang, who did not appear for her arraignment on Wednesday, and her bond increased from $10,000 to $20,000.

The investigator’s report says none of those arrested have massage licenses from the state of Oklahoma.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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