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A man and a woman have been charged with running a prostitution operation out of a Macomb Township massage parlor, officials said Thursday.

Kui Liu, 61, of Madison Heights, has been formally charged in court with prostitution, a five-year felony, and using a computer to commit a crime, a 7-year felony, officials said. Liu owns the massage parlor located at 21 Mile and Hayes, they said.

Lanjun Zhao, 52, who has multiple addresses, has been charged with the same charges as Liu. Police said Zhao is the massage parlor's manager.

Both were arraigned on the charges Monday. A judge set a $10,000 bond for each of them and scheduled their next court appearance for Wednesday.

Deputies with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office are looking for a third suspect in the case, a 59-year-old Asian woman named Zhiping Zhong, they also said. Zhong is also a manager at the business, according to police.

She is about 5-foot-2-inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds, has black eyes and black shoulder-length hair. Police said she drives a silver Nissan Versa and may be in the areas of Clarkston, Canton Township, Novi or Ferndale.

Anyone with information on Zhong's whereabouts should call the Macomb County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Team at (586) 493-4861.

Police said investigators received anonymous tips in late September about prostitution happening at the massage parlor. 

Officials said detectives began surveillance on the business and found social media advertising looking for clients for it. Undercover detectives went to the parlor on various occasions and were solicited by the workers, they said.

Police executed search warrants on the business and a residence in Madison Heights linked to the massage parlor's employees, according to authorities. Investigators interviewed several people at the home with the help of interpreters, officials said.

Deputies arrested both Liu and Zhao and later presented their findings to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, which authorized charges against the two and Zhong, police said.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

 

 

 

 

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