MASON CITY | A Mason City woman arrested for prostitution at a local massage parlor is also charged with performing sex acts on an undercover Fort Madison police officer for $40.
Yu Hong, 37, was charged with prostitution in Lee County after an undercover police investigation at the Ave. L Day Spa in Fort Madison, located in southeastern Iowa.
MASON CITY | A woman has been arrested for prostitution after police investigated an Asian massage parlor in Mason City.
A Fort Madison police officer purchased what was listed as a 30-minute massage for $40 at the spa Nov. 4, 2016, court documents said.
According to court documents, Hong told the officer "you can have all this" as she pointed up and down her body.
The officer asked, "I get all that?" to which Hong replied, "yes, yes," court documents said.
He was then taken to a room where Hong told him to take off all his clothes as she stood in the doorway watching, charging documents said.
The officer then laid face down on the table with a towel covering his rear, which Hong removed, according to court documents.
Documents say she began by rubbing his back and then went down to his buttocks, upper thighs and genitals before instructing him to turn over on the table, face up.
She then allegedly asked, through broken English and hand motions, if he wanted her to apply oil to his genitals and perform a sex act, charging documents said.
"Before he had a chance to say 'no,' she had already applied oil to this area," the criminal complaint said, which noted Hong continued to rub the offier's upper thighs and genitals until the 30 minutes were up.
"Hong stated to officers that she was afraid to tell her family in China what she actually does for a living because she wants them to think that she has a 'legitimate profession,'" the criminal complaint said. It is unclear when Hong made this statement.
A warrant for her arrest was issued in Lee County June 15, which was served upon her arrest for similar charges in Mason City Thursday.
Police arrested Hong as a result of an investigation at Asian Tuina, 525 S. Washington Ave.
According to court documents, Hong allegedly performed a sex act on a man in exchange for money between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Asian Tuina.
The documents list Hong was “caught in the act” and was “observed by officers.”
A backpage.com ad for Asian Tuina is listed under "massage therapy." It says Asian Tuina provides "golden massage" in an Asian atmosphere with relaxing music.
Portions of Backpage, a website for classified advertising, are allegedly used for prostitution and child trafficking, prosecutors have argued.
The investigation at Asian Tuina, which appeared to be closed Friday, is ongoing and more arrests are possible, Mason City Police Lt. Rich Jensen said in a news release Thursday.
Hong has since been released from jail after posting a $3,000 bond for Cerro Gordo and Lee County charges. She is scheduled to appear in court in Lee County Feb. 15 and Cerro Gordo County Feb. 28.
In February 2016, Mason City police raided Asian Body Work on East State Street after receiving complaints about people being able to pay for sex acts. The massage parlor was shut down.