A husband and wife accused of operating an Austin prostitution ring are facing felony charges following an investigation that began when police discovered a waste pipe connected to the business was clogged with “hundreds of condoms,” according to records.
Juan Wang and her husband, Joseph Emery, the owners of Jade Massage Therapy LLC, each face a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. Neither suspect was listed as an inmate at the Travis County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.
The investigation into the massage parlor began Feb. 7, when the property manager for the Jade Massage location in the 11400 block of North Ranch Road called police to express her suspicion that prostitution was happening at the business.
She “became aware of a problem when an industrial waste disposal unit connecting the property to city sewer services became clogged and destroyed by hundreds of condoms,” affidavits for Wang and Emery state.
The property manager’s tip was the second complaint of possible prostitution at Jade Massage that police had received in three months.
After the discovery of the destroyed pipes, police searched Backpage.com, which often solicits prostitution services, for advertisements for the business.
They found several. Advertisements for Jade Massage were posted on Backpage.com as often as two to three times per day, the affidavits state.
In the following weeks, police staked out Jade Massage’s second location in the 9100 block of Anderson Mill Road. Officers pulled over a couple of suspected john’s who had gone into the massage parlor, who allegedly both admitted that they had paid for sexual services during their time inside.
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