Lian Jin Xu, 52, of Cary, was charged last week with promoting prostitution, continuing criminal enterprise and felony conspiracy. She remains in the Durham County jail under $250,000 bond.
Durham spa owner faces prostitution charges after trafficking tip, investigators say
Quan Chun Li, 56, and Kwang Koo, 65, face similar charges but arent yet in custody, authorities said Wednesday.
Investigators responding to a human trafficking complaint involving several North Carolina jurisdictions were tipped off last July that sex acts could be obtained for a price at Neon Moon Spa, at 2945 S. Miami Blvd.
A search warrant returned Monday described how investigators staked out Neon Moon numerous times since last July, questioned men who patronized the spa and sent undercover officers inside to determine if sex was being offered for a price.
Patrons told authorities they paid $70 for a massage and then more to engage in sexual contact, and the undercover officers were also propositioned, according to the search warrant.
Li was arrested by Apex police in 2017 and charged with promoting prostitution and running a criminal enterprise. Court documents say he has ties to the Chinese mafia and is known for bringing women from New York to the Triangle to work in the sex trade.
Investigators seized $4,000 in cash and documents from an apartment in Cary, according to the search warrant.
Anyone with information about the case or who suspects similar activity at another location is asked to call Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Durham County Sheriffs Office at 919-560-7151.
Lian Jin Xu, of Cary, was arrested April 11 by Durham County deputies, according to a Sheriffs Office news release.
Investigators say they developed evidence that illegal activity was taking place inside the business they say Xu operated. Detectives were monitoring activity at the Neon Moon Spa on South Miami Boulevard, the release said.
The investigation began after law enforcement received a tip about human trafficking, investigators said.
Xu was charged with promoting prostitution, continuing criminal enterprise and felony conspiracy, investigators say. She was being held in the Durham County jail under a $250,000 secured bail, the release says.
People with information about this case or suspect similar activity are asked to call Durham Crimestoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Durham County Sheriffs Office at 919-560-7151.
Joe Johnson Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.