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A piece of plywood, painted white with red letters — 'Bei Fang Massage' — leans against it. Under a neon in its lone window, a paper re 'Open 9 to 9,' 'Have sauna shower,' '7 days a week. Jennifer Yue Dougherty opened Bei Fang Massage in the northeast quadrant of Cedar Rapids inabout two years after Marion police raided a parlor of hers on Seventh Avenue and arrested her on suspicion of prostitution, records Cincinnati Ohio OH men personality. Despite prodding from police, Linn County Escorts en sanfernando Killeen TX Jerry Vander Sanden expressed reservations about the investigation in a memo and declined to prosecute the case against Dougherty.
Still, a Marion police lieutenant said he gave the Cedar Rapids Police Department a he-up when Dougherty set up shop in the city. Dougherty did not have an Iowa massage when she operated the parlor in Marion, records show, and still does not have one — though she said in an interview she performs massages and wants to try to get one. Iowa Code states Youngstown OH escort schedule practice of massage therapy that 'involves manipulation of the muscle and connective tissue of the body' for pay 'is strictly prohibited by und individuals.
How is it possible for an und operator to run a massage parlor down the road from where her massage parlor was raided by police?
That's the question a Linn County resident asked in March of the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy, urging the board to look into the parlor's operation. The parlor may be 'an erotic massage provider,' wrote Vancouver selection escorts resident, whose name was redacted from the public record provided to The Gazette.
The answer, at least partly, lies in city regulations for massage parlors, which now are more lax Duo escort Lauderdale MN Cedar Rapids than in Marion.
In the wake of raids on Dougherty's and another parlor in Marion, the Marion City Council added a provision to an ordinance requiring that a city for a massage business be granted only if the massage workers have a state massage — effectively shutting out Dougherty and the other parlor. In an interview, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said his officers have never been called to or had issues with Dougherty's business.
Jerman, who typically recommends ordinance changes on public safety issues, said he has not seen a need for one on massage licensing. Business lately at Bei Fang Massage has not been great, Dougherty said in an interview. When a reporter and photographer Exclusive escorts Elk Grove to Bei Fang Massage to speak to Dougherty, she directed the journalists to sit in brown suede armchairs at the front of the small business. She said a young woman sitting there also was Bei Fang's Curvy escorts Peoria IL other employee.
Business was so bad, 'maybe she will leave tomorrow,' Dougherty said of her employee. Dougherty said she doesn't speak fluent English and communicated partly during the interview through a translation app on her phone.
Asked why she opened in Cedar Rapids after the Marion experience, Dougherty said she is good at giving massages. She said she practiced massage therapy in China before moving to the United States about seven years ago. Records show she does not have a state massagebut Dougherty said she does not 'need it here' in Cedar Rapids — although she said she gives full body and deep tissue massages. Dougherty said she had a Wisconsin massage therapy. She pointed to three certificates hanging above a desk.
Though no Wisconsin was posted, she showed a from the Georgia Academy of Massage, a from the California Acupuncture and Massage Institute of America and a from an institute in China. Both institutes in California and Georgia have been blacklisted on Paddington Nyc NY escorts National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork School Compliance list for at least six years, according to the list. When the journalists returned for Brooklyn escorte bbw follow-up interview a few days later, the s had been taken off Exclusive escort Orleans wall.
Dougherty showed parts of the parlor: a red runner rug crosses the neutral carpet to a backroom with deep red shag carpeting. Massage beds were visible through the door. Two tiled showers and a sauna in new condition were seen. A price menu for massages was visible above the desk. A picture of a tropical island surrounded by blue ocean hangs on the wall, with Chinese ornamentation sprinkled through the business.
Posts to Rub Maps may be suggested by any user, and Dougherty said she doesn't know about the website. She said she wishes customers Riverside California english escort understand the parlor does not provide sex acts for money.
InMarion Police Lt. Scott Elam said the department received calls from business owners in Uptown Marion. Neighboring workers saw mostly male customers entering the parlors, according to a letter from Elam to Vander Sanden. Customers would have to be let in by employees as the doors were usually locked, he wrote. Response from Lt. Scott Elam by Gazetteonline on Scribd. During the afternoon of Oct. While receiving a massage at Massage Heaven, the informer asked the employee, identified in records as Hongmei Hu, Prostitutes in mobile Danbury CT a sex act.
Later, while receiving a massage from Dougherty at Asian Massage, the informer asked her to touch his groin. Marion police began investigating each parlor for human trafficking. They arrested Hu and Dougherty on suspicion of prostitution and keeping a disorderly house. Another employee at Massage Heaven and an employee at Asian Massage were arrested on suspicion of keeping a disorderly house. Vander Sanden had 'serious questions and reservations' about the sting, according to a memo regarding Hu's case. The memo was sent to Elam on Nov. The county attorney also told Marion police in the letter that he needed to know the identity of the confidential informer in Hu's case.
Elam responded 11 days later with additional information about the sting and the informer's information, according to his letter. Elam also asked that the identity of the informer Escorts cartisle Canton who was not a police officer — remain anonymous unless 'absolutely necessary. We used the same informant on the same day,' Elam wrote to Vander Sanden. Please contact me if you have any further concerns. In an interview with The Gazette, Vander Sanden sought to explain why a case was brought against Hu but not against Dougherty.
The police department's recommended charges against both Hu and Dougherty came in on a late Friday afternoon, and each was to have her initial appearance in court on Saturday morning.
Hu had her initial appearance and the charges were filed. Dougherty posted bail and was scheduled to appear in court later. If I'd have seen that other Hu's charge come through, too, I'd have denied it at the very start. From police reports, it seemed as if the informer had initiated the sex acts with Yuma AZ for prostitutes and Dougherty, Vander Sanden said.
Vander Sanden said he was concerned the Dallas TX escort collective in both cases could argue entrapment — that law enforcement may have coerced someone to commit a crime. In a Nov. By allowing that to happen, 'there was no question about what was going on in the business, no issue of language barrier,' Elam responded. As Hu's case Escorts barstow Colorado Springs through prosecution despite Vander Sanden's concerns, Vander Sanden said his office learned the informer had moved to North Carolina.
Attorneys obtained his by conducting a deposition over the phone. But Vander Sanden said he did not pursue further information for Dougherty. Hu and others associated with Massage Heaven could not be located for comment. But in JanuaryMarion police received a tip that Dougherty still Escorts palmers Boise operating her massage business.
At the end of Januarya plainclothes officer entered Dougherty's parlor and negotiated for a half-hour back massage, police said. Dougherty agreed. Dougherty was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of operating a public amusement without aaccording to a Jan. The disposition of that charge could not be found in court records. In early Junethe Marion City Council revised an ordinance to prohibit massage parlors from practicing in Marion without a state.
Linn County Referral by Gazetteonline on Scribd. An Iowa is intended to ensure that the Iowa Board of Massage Therapy has reviewed and certified the e's training and testing. But for complaints it receives of 'nefarious activity,' Alden said the board typically alerts county attorneys.
The people who are pretending to be massage therapists are the problem,' he said. After discussing the letter from the Linn County resident, the massage board sent Vander Sanden a letter in September about Dougherty's parlor. Vander Sanden said he wouldn't have been able to begin a case based Fargo ND escorts best that letter. When he receives similar advisory letters, he said, he typically passes them along to law enforcement. We ask law enforcement to do an investigation.
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