HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico massage parlor is under investigation after one of its therapists was arrested for prostitution.
The Taiji Massage Spa is located in a shopping center on West Broad Street near Wistar Road. Jiali Deng worked at the salon and faces unlawful massage and prostitution charges.
Online records show she does have a massage license to practice in the Commonwealth and is from Flushing, New York.
Most of the businesses around the Taiji Massage Spa were closed when Henrico officers showed workers a search warrant. By the end of the night, Deng, 41, was in jail facing prostitution related charges.
A search warrant was still visible on the front desk Wednesday morning A woman who wouldn't give her name said she works with Deng, who had been there for two weeks. She communicated using a language translator app, because she said she does not speak English well.
"We are here just to do a regular massage," she said through the app. She also said she didn't know if anything illegal was happening at the spa.
The spa is advertised on websites like RubMap.com, where an ad describes the spa as "Where Fantasy Becomes Reality." and the web address says, "erotic-massage."
There's also an ad on Backpage.com calling it "Gorgeous Asian Massage."
"It's not good for business around here," said Brittany Hines who works nearby. She says her co workers noticed strange things at the spa. "Just that we haven't had that much business and we see people coming in, men coming in and out and we were just like what's going on, like, they get business but we don't," she said.
"I had never noticed it before," says Jean Cooley, a frequent shopper.
She says she thinks this crime is isolated. She said it's not going to stop her from shopping here.
Deng remains in jail, her next court date is set for December.