BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police raided a Boardman spa and said evidence was found connecting it to a prostitution operation.
Liao Xiuhua, 59, was arrested following a raid of Tuina Studio Spa, located at 5600 Market St., on Tuesday afternoon. Police said the raid was conducted as part of a prostitution investigation.
Police said a customer told officers that Xiuhua had performed a sex act on him for $100.
Xiuhua told police she did not speak any English. An interpreter was called in to ask her questions.
Xiuhua told the interpreter that she saw an advertisement online for a worker at the spa and arrived in the United States on Monday. She said she has no idea who her boss is and said she did not meet anyone after arriving in the U.S., taking a bus to the spa, where she was living.
Police said clothing and groceries were found in the business and it appeared that someone was living there.
Xiuhua was taken to Mahoning County Jail, charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution.
The landlord was notified about the situation and denied any knowledge of criminal activity. The building is owned by IPPVI LLC, according to the Mahoning County Auditor.
The investigation is ongoing. Xiuhua is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 5 p.m.