Topeka massage parlor operators sentenced for sex trafficking

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A man and a woman who operated massage parlors in Topeka were sentenced in federal court Friday for running a prostitution business.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Yong Jin Zhang, 56, of Topeka and Yu Lan Su, 50, of Topeka, were sentenced to time served and a year on supervised release. They were arrested in May 2014. Grissom said they will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to initiate deportation proceedings.

Zhang and Su pleaded guilty to one count of transporting women in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution. In his plea, Zhang admitted the crime occurred while he and Su were operating Life Long Foot Massage at 5620 SW 29th Street in Topeka and JJ’s Massage at 1107 SW Gage in Topeka. Working undercover, a detective with the Topeka Police Department posed as a customer and arranged for an Asian female employee of Life Long Foot Massage to perform a sexual act. The employee was a citizen of China who was in the United States unlawfully. The defendants were aware employees were performing sex acts with customers.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot for their work on the case.

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