Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Massage parlors raided in La Mesa
La Mesa Police yesterday (May 14) released details on a coordinate prostitution sweep that took place May 9 involving the FBI, ICE Homeland Security Operations, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department that resulted in two arrests.
During the sweep, four massage parlors in La Mesa were raided, including the Mesa Spa on the 8000 block of La Mesa Boulevard and Transcend Spa on the 7900 block of University Avenue. Xiaoyan Cao, age 43, and Ivy Lihui Sun, age 41, both believed to be Chinese nationals, were arrested as a result of the raids, which were the culmination of undercover operations ongoing since 2012.
The aforementioned businesses, as well as two other unnamed locations, face potential prostitution and human trafficking charges as well as fines that could total tens of thousands of dollars, according to the La Mesa Police Department.