ANDOVER — The arrest of a woman charged with prostitution in connection with an illicit massage parlor in Ballardvale last week is one of many similar busts police have been making in the Merrimack Valley and elsewhere across the state and country.
Operating as “Qui’s Body Work,” Yu Yun Chen, 45, of Quincy, was charged with sexual conduct for a fee and operating an unlicensed massage business. She was arrested around 5 p.m. on June 6 after police conducted a sting operation at 195 Andover St., Unit 2.
According to a report on the incident, police had received tips from employees in an adjacent business that men had been entering Qui’s Body Work for half-hour periods and then leaving.
An employee also reported that while throwing trash out at a Dumpster in the rear of the property, “a woman was observed caressing a male’s genitals in plain view through a window,” according to a report filed in Lawrence District Court by Andover Patrolman Michael Lane.
Another officer had gotten a letter tipping police off to the presence of the business, while another officer had seen an ad on an adult-oriented website offering “Amazing Chinese Body Work in Andover, MA.”
The ad gave the same street address and phone number used for Qui’s Body Work. According to the ad, prices were quoted as $40 for 30 minutes, $60 for 60 minutes and $100 for 60 minutes and “four hands.”
The following day, June 6, police arranged for an officer to enter the business for a massage. After about a 30-minute massage, Chen attempted to “touch his genital area,” and she was placed under arrest, according to the police report. She hasn’t been arraigned yet because Lawrence District Court has been unable to find an interpreter who knows Mandarin. Her next court date is scheduled for June 24.