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Leon Sheriff's Office Arrests Massage Parlor Employee For Prostitution

Leon County Sheriff's Office

The Leon County Sheriffs Office has made its third massage parlor prostitution arrest this year. In March the Department arrested another employee of the Jade Massage Parlor for the same offense.

The arrest of a Jade Massage Parlor employee earlier this year came after the Leon Sheriff’s Office received several complaints about possible illegal activities. More recent complaints resulted in an  officer investigating. And that investigation triggered the Wednesday arrest of 50-year-old Jing Zhong, an employee of the same business. Sheriffs Spokesman Lieutenant Grady Jordan says it’s unknown whether human trafficking is involved.  

“We don’t have any solid information they are involved in human trafficking although we do look into that situation very diligently when we talk to the suspects in prostitution who are also possibly victims," Jordan said.

Massage-based businesses must be licensed in the state,  but the Florida Department of Health has no record of the Jade Massage Parlor. A search of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation's database also turned up no results. 

In January, an employee of the now-closed Health Center in Killearn was arrested twice in the same week for solicitation of prostitution.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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