The Hopkins Police Department announced the arrests of two adult women at separate Asian massage parlors Thursday, saying they conducted a sting after receiving an anonymous letter and finding websites online that revealed so-called "happy endings" were being offered.
Police arrested 53-year-old Yazhi Xiao at Hopkins Asian Massage, located in the 1200 block of Mainstreet, after an undercover officer wearing a body bug audio device went in to order a 60-minute massage.
According to the criminal complaint, the officer said Xiao offered to provide a sexual service with her hand for an extra $40, which he supplied. When she began to act upon the offer, he alerted the other officers and they came in to arrest her.
In a related sting, 62-year-old Gui Yang was arrested at Ying Ying Massage, located in the 900 block of 1st Street North.
Both Xiao and Yang have been charged with one count of prostitution in a public place, which is a gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $3,000 fine.
Action against the licenses of the businesses where the therapists worked is pending.
The Brooklyn Center Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office assisted in the undercover investigation.