Businesses stay open after massage parlor raid and arrests
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - The four massage parlors that were busted in Anderson Township on Wednesday are back in business on Thursday.
They were raided after a two-week investigation led by the sheriff's department and federal authorities.
Neighbors were shocked to find out what was going on.
An interpreter explained the charges and bond on Thursday morning as three of the four Asian women charged in Thursday's raids made their first court appearances.
The judge held them on $5,000 bond and ordered HIV testing.
Zhang Cuimin says she's married, has children and denied the charges.
Pel Chin said she lives at 7117 Salem, which is the address of Oriental massage.
Chunye Jiao said she is a documented resident with a Cincinnati address. She was arrested at Sweet Eva Massage at the corner of Sutton and Salem.
Pastor John Larsen can see the busted massage parlor from the windows of the Sanctuary of Salem Community Church. He's been the pastor there for 35 years and has seen a lot of businesses come and go.
When a chiropractor left at the end of the year, he wasn't sure what went in until Wednesday. He wasn't thrilled by the news and actually saw an opportunity on second thought.
“But then I realized that's just one of many sins going on in my neighborhood and clearly we have missed an opportunity to make an impact on frustrated people's lives. We have missed that,” said Pastor Larsen.
Not every Anderson Township resident is so forgiving.
Despite Wednesday's arrests, the businesses have not been shut down. The sheriff's office says they all operated independently and are not run by one person.
Sheriff Neil says he hopes Wednesday's arrests made it clear that people are watching.
“If it's a continual practice, absolutely we'll seek to have them shut down. But I think by effecting the arrests, we may have taken the sting out of that and the legitimacy will continue from this point on,” said Sheriff Neil.
Sheriff Neil says the investigation turned up no evidence of human trafficking.