Ogden massage parlor owner faces charges that include exploiting a prostitute
OGDEN, Utah – Formal charges have been filed and the initial court appearance has been scheduled for a man who was arrested earlier this month in connection with raids on 11 massage parlors, which the Utah Attorney General said is believed to be the largest human trafficking bust in state history.
According to court documents, 35-year-old Changfeng Lin faces five charges: one count of pattern of unlawful activity as a second-degree felony, one count of money laundering as a second-degree felony, and three counts of exploiting a prostitute as a third-degree felony.
An initial court appearance has been scheduled for July 7 at 9 a.m. in Ogden’s Second District Court.
Lin was arrested June 9 during a traffic stop and booked into the Weber County Jail.
According to a booking statement written by police, “SJ, an Asian female located inside Changfeng Lin’s Ogden massage parlor, indicated that she performs sexual acts in exchange for money and that her boss is Changfeng Lin.”
The statement also indicated customers told police they were given sexual favors in exchange for money.
Police wrote that under questioning, “Changfeng Lin stated he does not have any other means of income and he gets half of what each worker makes inside his massage parlor.”