Charges issued in massage parlor investigations

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. Investigators with the FBI, GJPD and MSCO began their search at Balanced Healing Massage and Spa Tuesday after a detective was offered a sexual act while getting a massage.

The investigation grew to incorporate Tokyo Spa, New Hong Kong Spa and Oriental Spa with allegations of prostitution or human trafficking.

Feng Mei Dai, owner of Balanced Healing Massage and Spa, was arrested Tuesday with charges of housing a place of prostitution, pimping and money laundering.

Her arrest affidavit states she told FBI investigators the massage parlor charges $60 for a massage. $20 of that is given to the worker and then the worker keeps any additional tips that are received for sexual acts.

The Western Slope Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking said this investigation is bringing to light how these crimes can happen anywhere.

"Colorado is a prime state just because we're in the center of the country and we know it passes through even Grand Junction on a daily basis," said Kym Owens, of the Western Slope Initiative.

The group is looking to support any victims of these crimes.

"We're changing our lens," said Thomas Acker, of the Western Slope Initiative. "We're not looking as people interested necessarily in prosecuting because that wouldn't be our role. We're interested in prevention and also looking into what resources the victims may need."

The investigation is still looking into where the prostitutes may have come from and if they were brought here unwillingly.

Authorities also arrested a man, Wei Li, at Balanced Healing Massage and Spa for false use of a social security number.

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