HAVERHILL — Police said a woman was operating a sex-for-sale business in a massage parlor in the downtown arts district.
Investigators said that after receiving several complaints about men coming and going from the parlor, which operated in a suite at 57 Wingate St., they set up surveillance.
One of the male customers whom investigators spoke to told them he paid $60 for a one-hour massage, which included manual sex performed on him by a masseuse, according to a police report. The man told police he was from Stratham, N.H., and that he noticed an advertisement for Angel Body Works on an online site that caters to adult entertainment, according to the report.
Police repeatedly referred to the parlor as Angel Body Works in their report, but a sign on the businesses reads “Angel Qigung & Bodywork.’’
On another occasion, police said they observed a man who appeared lost and then checked his smartphone before entering the parlor. Police later questioned the man and he told them he also paid $60 for a one-hour massage which included manual sex by a masseuse. Police said the man lives in Ayer.
During a later search of the business, police noticed a sign on a wall that read: “This is a professional body work place. Please do not ask us to do anything ILLEGAL.”
Police said Liu Yanping, 51, ran Angel Body Works. They said she advertised oriental massages and displayed her rates in the windows of the business.
Police charged Yanping with five counts of sexual conduct for a fee, one count of keeping a house of prostitution and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. Ping was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Haverhill District Court, where she was released on personal recognizance. She must return to court Sept. 24.