A Douglassville massage spa that served as the frontage of a brothel has been closed after a raid by Berks County officials, county detectives said Thursday.
Detectives from the Amity County District Attorney’s Office and Police on Wednesday entered Body Health’s traditional Chinese Tui Na, also known as Body Health Asian Massage Spa, along Route 422 towards west with a search warrant. Tui Na is a form of massage therapy that originated in ancient China.
They arrested Ligin Lin, 34, with no permanent address, for prostitution. She was released on $ 20,000 bail after her arraignment before District Judge Steven Chieffo of Reading Central Court.
Detectives provided the following information in the search warrant request:
The investigation, which is ongoing, follows complaints received since 2020 from residents. They believed the spa on a shopping street that included a health food store, dry cleaning business, cafe, family dentistry office, and emergency care center was functioning like a brothel.
The suspicions were based on observations that male customers frequented the business exclusively and that the doors were locked when the business was open, forcing customers to ring the doorbell to be allowed entry.
A citizen who went to the company for a legitimate therapeutic massage was offered sex in exchange for money. The client immediately left and contacted Amity Police.
Detectives working under the auspices of the Berks County Human Trafficking Task Force used the Internet to access information about Body Health’s activities. Additionally, customer reviews provided details of the sex acts in exchange for money.
On August 12, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office forwarded a complaint about the company to detectives in Berks.
The complaint suggested the business was a brothel, noting the locked doors, the heavy presence of outdoor security cameras and online advertisements. He also said there were many complaints from neighboring businesses.
In March, the task force launched a secret investigation. A man entered the facility and engaged in a conversation about sex acts for cash.
Investigators obtained Chieffo’s search warrant.
On Wednesday, an undercover agent walked into the business and requested a massage, during which the woman motioned to indicate a sexual act and they negotiated a price.
Detectives stormed the business, confiscating cell phones, a ledger, an unspecified amount of money and other items.
Amity Police Chief Jeffrey Smith said the storefront was condemned by the township codes department for various code violations.