Darien Police, working with state police and fedaral authorities, charged the owner of Sunrise Health Theraputic Massage, 800 Post Rd., Unit 3C, with promoting prostitution and arrested two of his employees.
Arrested were Fu Xu, a 49, of Elmhurst, NY; Fenjiao Gao, 43, of Flushing, NY, who was not charged with prostitution; and Xiuguin Lu, 45, also from Flushing.
The arrests, announced Friday afternoon, came after a joint investigation Darien police undertoook with state police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE and a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Darien Police Detective Mark Capelli said in a news release that the Police Department’s patrol division "developed information that patrons of Sunrise Health were being offered sex acts in exchange for money." That tip sparked a four-month investigation in which police used undercover informants, with help from the State Police-Statewide Organized Crime Investigation Task Force and ICE.
As a result of the investigation, police seized $4,500 in cash which they found in the business, along with a vehicle used to transport the female employees.
The owner, Fu Xu, was charged with promoting prostitution, permitting prostitution and three counts of employing unlicensed massage therapists; Fenjiao Gao was charged with interfering with a police officer and practicing massage without a license; Xiuguin Lu was charged with two counts of prostitution and three counts of practicing massage without a license.
Xu was held on a $5,000 bond, Lu on a $20,000 bond and Gao on a $1,000 bond. Earch were taken to state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday. Their next court appearances are scheduled for Dec. 10.