By RYAN DUNN
No charges are expected after a high-profile federal raid of a Findlay massage parlor.
FBI agents in November seized evidence from Top Relax Massage, 825 Tiffin Ave., while investigating an alleged prostitution and human trafficking ring spanning several massage parlors in northern Ohio.
“That case has been looked at and is being closed,” FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson in Cleveland said Friday. She declined to elaborate.
The FBI had named Yawen “Nancy” Xing, who owns massage parlors in Findlay, Toledo and Cleveland, as a potential ringleader, according to a court affidavit.
Her businesses were suspected of employing people who are “illegal aliens and are engaged in prostitution possibly against their wills,” the affidavit stated.
Before the FBI raid, agents conducted surveillance of the Findlay parlor to track employees. Female workers were reportedly working 13-hour shifts before returning to a home on nearby McConnell Street, according to the agency.
On two occasions in July and August of last year, a confidential informant entered the Findlay massage parlor. A female employee sexually touched him on both occasions without his requesting it, the affidavit stated.
The informant attempted to negotiate for the woman to remove her clothes in one instance. She declined. He paid her $60, according to the affidavit.
Signs for the business now refer to “Relax Massage” and “Healthy Relax Massage.” The building is also advertised as for sale.
An employee at the Findlay massage parlor declined comment on Friday. Xing could not be reached.
Area residents had raised concerns about the business prior to the raid. Findlay police investigated prostitution accusations in 2010 but said they did not find sufficient evidence.
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