Four charged with running prostitution, human trafficking ring out of massage parlors

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By Terri Hill | March, 23, 2019

Three men and one woman have been charged with running a prostitution and human trafficking ring out of four massage parlors located in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

According to court documents in the case, Hui Xu, of Mount Pleasant, operated four Tokyo Massage Parlors where alleged prostitution was occurring.

Another man identified by authorities as Chang Yu Chen, of Monroeville, would pick up young women at the bus stop travelling from Flushing, NY and transport them to the parlors.

From May 2018 through October 2018, Chen was observed on seven occasions either transporting the young women from the bus stop to a parlor, or moving them from one parlor to another, according  to a criminal complaint

The woman identified as Huicun Wei, of Flushing, New York, owned Judy’s Oriental Massage Parlor. She solicited customers at that location, offering sexual acts in exchange for money, the complaint said.

A third man named in court papers as Robert Delano Yerick, of Delmont, transported women from the bus stop to the massage parlors owned by Xu. He performed some odd job and maintenance duties outside the parlors, was a frequent patron of the parlors, and housed some of the young women, requiring them to have sex with him, according to court documents.

All are from China and speak mainly Mandarin.

The four are charged with conspiracy, corrupt organizations, trafficking in individuals, prostitution, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

Preliminary hearings for all four are scheduled for April 12, 2019 at 9:30 am.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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