2 busted for massage prostitution plead to lesser charge

Source: APD

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Two women charged in connection to a massage prostitution bust in Alexandria back in Aug. 2018 have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and had the rest of their charges dismissed by the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

Yanxia Wang and Jun Xu were both charged with two counts of prostitution by massage, and a single count each of money laundering and pandering. A third woman who was arrested, Wei Hong, was never billed by the DA's Office.

According to the Alexandria Police Department, who conducted the investigation, two massage parlors on Jackson Street were busted - Body Works and Asian Zen Spa - for providing more than just a massage.

Earlier this month, Wang and Xu pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of keeping a disorderly place, which according to the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure means "the intentional maintaining of a place to be used habitually for any illegal purpose." That lesser charge replaced one of the two counts of prostitution by massage, the other count was dismissed. The money laundering and pandering charges were dismissed as well.

The two were sentenced to five months in the parish prison, time they already served. The maximum sentence is set at six months behind bars and/or a $500 fine.

Wang was represented by Harold Murry. Xu was represented by John Flynn. The case was prosecuted by Monica Doss. Judge Chris Hazel oversaw the case.

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