MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) â A Pembroke Pines police officer stripped naked during a massage parlor sting which netted four arrests.
The Pembroke Pines police officer said he complied when the workers asked him to remove his clothing and wrote in his reports that the workers solicited him for sex while touching his private parts, the South Florida SunSentinel reported.READ MORE: CBS4 Nat Moore Trophy Profile: Gulliver Prep Running Back Sedrick Irvin Jr.
The officer refused their offers.
Police arrested the four women Tuesday after the officer’s investigation ended. They are charged with soliciting prostitution and practicing massage therapy without a license.
The officer “did just as any patron would, when going to get a legitimate full body deep tissue massage,” Pembroke Pines police Capt. Al Xiques told the newspaper.
The officer visited the massage parlors in December and January. Police reports identified the women as Hongyan Li, Jianxia Xin, Rongling Huang and Weixia Shi. The women bonded out of jail and have not yet been assigned defense attorneys.READ MORE: Florida Mom Making Angel Gowns For Families Who Lose Baby Unexpectedly
In Li’s arrest report, the officer wrote that he visited the Charm Spa Massage Jan. 28 and spent $58 in agency money on a 30-minute massage, the newspaper reported. He wrote that Li patted his rear end as they walked to the room. Inside, she patted his groin area. During the massage she solicited him for sex.
Once he was dressed after the massage, the officer asked Li to repeat how much it would cost to have sex with her. His recording device was activated, the report said.
“I hinted that I would consider it and ultimately exited the business,” he wrote. He left a $58 tip.
The other three cases were similar, according to arrest reports.
The case has not yet been assigned to the public defender’s office, but Gordon Weekes, the executive chief public defender, told the newspaper he was surprised police didn’t deep-dive into the human trafficking potential.
“I don’t understand why law enforcement would not delve deeper into that aspect of this activity to determine if they are victims as opposed to perpetrators engaged in unlawful conduct,” he said.
Last year, a sting aimed at human trafficking resulted in the arrests of dozens of men from Jupiter to Orlando, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.
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