Sting Operation at Massage Facilities Results in Three Closures
April 24th, 2018 | by: Michelle Corson | Category: Press Releases

Sting Operation at Massage Facilities Results in Three Closures

Contact: Michelle Corson, Public Relations Officer, (661) 868-0288

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 24, 2018

Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Kern County Public Health Services conducted an undercover sting operation on April 23, 2018 involving three massage facilities in the unincorporated areas of Kern County. Three women were cited for county ordinance violations and solicitation of prostitution. The Sheriff’s Office cited the three women at the following facilities:

• Oriental Foot and Body Massage – 1215 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, CA. Detectives cited 59 year-old Ying Zhan from Monterey Park, CA for violation of Kern County Ordinance 8.70.100(B)(2) exposure genital parts and 8.70.100(B)(3) touching of genital parts and violation of PC647 (b) solicitation of prostitution.
• Never Say Goodbye Massage – 5430 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, CA. Detectives cited 60 year-old Guiying Cao from Bakersfield, CA for violation of Kern County Ordinance 8.70.100(B)(2) exposure genital parts and 8.70.100(B)(3) touching of genital parts and for violation of PC647 (b) solicitation of prostitution.
• Forest Garden Massage – 10814 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA. Detectives cited 54 year-old Jing Yu from San Gabriel, CA for violation of Kern County Ordinance 8.70.100(B)(2) exposure genital parts and 8.70.100(B)(3) touching of genital parts and for violation of PC647 (b) solicitation of prostitution.

Additionally, the Public Health Services Department took administrative action and issued a notice to each facility that they were in violation of the County Ordinance and must close immediately.

This is the fourth sting operation under a new County Ordinance whereby Public Health regulates massage establishments to ensure they maintain a safe and sanitary environment as well as establish reasonable standards to reduce the opportunity for acts of prostitution and human trafficking to occur. We partner with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office to investigate all complaints and reports of suspected or known prostitution and/or human trafficking activities in massage establishments.

To date, the Department, in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, has performed undercover decoy operations at ten local massage establishments. 100% of our decoy operations have resulted in violations of the Ordinance Code related to prostitution and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has arrested eleven massage therapists for these same violations. In addition to the arrests made on the massage therapists, all massage establishments found in violation of the Ordinance Code related to prostitution have been permanently closed by our Department.

Anyone who suspects illicit activity at a massage facility is asked to call Kern County Public Health Services at 661-321-3000.