WAKE FOREST — An investigation into alleged illegal activity at a local spa has resulted in two arrests and three charges.
Earlier today Wake Forest Police executed a search warrant at Bonnie Spa, 10421 Ligon Mill Road, after receiving several tips concerning “suspicious activity” at the business.
Ying Zhou, 56, is accused of offering to perform a sex act on an undercover detective in exchange for money. The detective declined the offer but police later returned to the establishment with a warrant charging her with one count of prostitution and one count of performing a massage without a proper license, both class B misdemeanors. Zhou is being held in the Wake County Justice Center under $2,000 bond.
During the sting police also arrested Li Xiujin Shanghai, 49, and charged her with one count of performing a massage without a proper license. She is being held under a $1,000 bond.
Both Zhou and Shanghai are due in court June 23.
Police officials say they began investigating the Bonnie Spa after receiving information that “sexual favors” were being provided in addition to massage services and credited the community for reporting the business. Investigators also found ads for the establishment on Craigslist.
Police say the business will not be allowed to operate as a massage parlor until it applies for and receives the proper licensing.