Two South Pasadena massage parlors face charges involving prostitution resulting from an undercover investigation, the Pasadena Star-News reports.
The owners of one of the parlors, Massage Villa, is Ling Ling Kuo, 44, of Alhambra, according to the Star-News. He was arrested on charges of "disorderly house" on February 10. Two masseuses were arrested with him.
An owner manager and masseuse of King Spa Massage were also arrested on January 27.
South Pasadena Police Chief Joseph Payne told the Star-News the nature of the investigation.
"We received some complaints throughout the community and also indications on some websites that some of the massage businesses in South Pasadena – although it's not exclusive to South Pasadena – may be conducting prostitution activities," he said.
Payne said many local cities have seen an increase in massage businesses in the past few years, and South Pasadena has 15 of them.
Two other massage businesses in South Pasadena have been shut down in the past decade after prostitution charges, Payne said.