March 21, 2018
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Police uncover South Portland massage parlor as alleged ‘facade for prostitution activities’

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Police are ordering the owners of a Broadway massage parlor to close after an investigation allegedly uncovered inappropriate “adult” activities at the establishment.

According to a South Portland Police Department announcement Monday, police issued letters to the owner and manager of the Red Stone Spa at 585 Broadway — Lucy Louie and Lan Song Liu, both of New York — to notify them they were found in violation of city ordinances intended to regulate massage parlors and “adult use establishments.” The letters were sent after what the announcement described as “an investigation into allegations of suspicious or inappropriate activities” taking place at the spa.

“The purpose of these types of ordinances is generally to help the city distinguish between trained and experienced persons conducting legitimate business practices, such as massage therapy, from those persons without legitimate massage training or experience who may masquerade as massage therapists as a facade for prostitution activities, to include the exchange of sexual contacts and/or sexual acts for money,” the police announcement issued Monday stated.

Louie and Song Liu were ordered to “immediately cease and desist” from operating the business, according to police.

The ordinance violations cited include the operation of an establishment that provides massage services without a city license to do so, the operation of an adult use establishment without a city license to do so, and the operation of an adult use establishment within 1,000 feet of public parks and schools — in this case being 321 feet from Mahoney Middle School, 213 feet from Mill Creek Park and 102 feet from the Greenbelt Walkway.

Each violation could carry a fine of between $500 and $2,500. Owner Louie, 34, has been ordered to appear in Portland District Court on Oct. 16 to answer to the ordinance violation charges.

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