Waite Park massage parlor owner charged with sex trafficking, prostitution

The 33 year old was arrested following a multi-agency investigation into her business.
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A St. Cloud woman listed as the owner of a massage parlor has been charged with sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.

The arrest of Yanhang Lin, 33, this week was the result of a months-long investigation by the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force, which comprises several local police and sheriff departments.

According to the criminal complaint, Lin is the owner of the Riverwood Massage and Body Works at the Riverwood Mall in Waite Park.

A man who attended the parlor told police that at the end of his massage, the masseuse "grabbed his penis" and told him she'd continue for an extra $100.

The investigation uncovered "abnormal" levels of business at the massage parlor, and found the masseuses were having sexual contact with customers.

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An ad for Riverwood was also found on backpage.com, showing women wearing little clothing and "being portrayed in provocative poses."

Backpage.com was seized last month by the Justice Department, and several of its executives charged with knowingly facilitating prostitution.

Lin has been charged with engaging in sex trafficking and promoting prostitution, both felonies.

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