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* Two Massage Parlors Solicit Undercover Officer For Sexual Acts in Petaluma

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Citizen complaints about several Petaluma massage parlors led to a prostitution sting by police on Tuesday. The sting, carried out at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, resulted in arrests at the Moon Flower Massage at 410 Petaluma Blvd. South and Golden Flower Massage at 699 Petaluma Blvd., police said.

Police had previously received complaints from Petaluma residents regarding suspicious activity at several parlors, police said. The residents had reported seeing all-male foot traffic at the establishments at all hours of the day and throughout the night, police said. They also told investigators they had found used condoms outside the businesses.

At both Golden Flower Massage and Moon Flower Massage, a masseuse allegedly solicited an undercover officer for sexual acts, police said. Police arrested Petaluma residents Jing Chi, 59, and Le Chi Thi Ho, 51, for prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution. Masseuses at the other parlors targeted in the sting did not solicit the undercover officers, police said.

The arrests came on the heels of a crackdown last week focused on Internet sites that promote acts of prostitution, in which five people were arrested in Petaluma. In that crackdown, police conducted two traffic stops near local hotels about 2 a.m. last Thursday that resulted in four prostitution-related arrests, according to police.

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