A month after the former owner of a Lacey day spa was busted by police for not adhering to the township's so-called "same gender" ordinance, charges have been filed against the business's new owner as a result of observations by a police officer.
Quan Jing of the Green Spa, located on Lacey Road, was charged Monday with violating the same ordinance after Officer Michael Verwey observed various male customers enter the establishment for approximately 20 to 30 minute durations
during the evening hours, police said in a statement.
The ordinance requires that a massage parlor not associated with a
doctor’s office or physical therapist only provide same-gender massages, police said. A brief investigation revealed the the business was in violation of the ordinance, according to the statement.
Jing, a new owner and operator of the business, was served the summons and will be required to appear in Lacey Township Municipal Court.
In December, Stella Li, the spa's former owner, was charged with violating the same ordinance.
Though sometimes controversial, similar regulations have sprung up in cities across the country, designed at deterring prostitution and human trafficking associated with the massage parlor industry.