Sting Operation at Massage Facilities Results in Three Closures
Contact: Michelle Corson, Public Relations Officer, (661) 868-0288
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 23, 2018
Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Kern County Public Health Services conducted an undercover sting operation on May 22, 2018 involving three massage facilities in the unincorporated areas of Kern County. Two women were cited for county ordinance violations and solicitation of prostitution. The Sheriff’s Office cited the two women at the following facilities:
• 168 Massage – 9925 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA. Detectives cited 51 year-old Xia Gao 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. Additionally, two massage therapists were providing massages without a valid California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) certificate and without authorization to provide massage within the facility as required under County Ordinance.
• Ace Massage – 3921 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA. Detectives cited 53 year-old Jin Chunyu from Los Angeles, 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.
A third facility, Japanese Massage, located at 3839 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield, CA, was in the application process for a massage establishment permit. This facility was found to be in violation of multiple sections of Kern County Ordinance Code. Their massage establishment permit has been denied and the establishment has been required to close.
This is the fifth 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 thirteen local massage establishments. 100% of our decoy operations have resulted in violations of the Ordinance Code related to prostitution and/or illicit acts and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has arrested thirteen 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 and other illicit acts 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.