Backpage Ad Leads To Prostitution Arrest At Wheaton Massage Parlor

Backpage Ad Leads To Prostitution Arrest At Wheaton Massage Parlor 1

Caption: (left to right) Google street view image of 616 Childs St., Wheaton, from 2012; Xuhong X. Castro.

Police surveillance of a Wheaton massage parlor that advertises services performed by “beautiful and tender girls with super bodywork skills” netted the arrest of a woman on a prostitution charge.

Xuhong X. Castro was arrested during an undercover investigation of the business operating at 616 Childs St. on Oct. 29.

Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field said it was the second time that an employee at the establishment has been arrested on prostitution charges.

“We had reason to believe that they were still providing prostitution services,” Field said. “They continue to advertise online … basically we were continuing to monitor that website. [The business] wasn’t offering explicit services but it had inferences so we initiated an undercover operation.”

An ad on Backpage.com — an online classified advertising website that includes a variety of listings from real estate to adults services — promoting the business’s grand opening in June 2013, directed patrons to a one-story building at 616 Childs Street with a “Spa” sign in the window.

In addition to bodywork and massages, the business offers body scrubs and table showers, waxing and free parking.

Field was unaware of the business ever having a name, which describes itself as offering Tui Na massage, a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. Ads on backpage.com were posted as recently as Nov. 16.

The police chief said that due to revised statutes in the Illinois Massage Licensing Act, practitioners of Asian Bodywork approaches are exempt from state licensing requirements, provide the practitioner is a member of the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia or is a certified practitioner or approved by an Asian bodywork organization.

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