Police have yet again closed down a Colonie massage parlor on allegations that it is actually a brothel.
For the third time in a year, undercover police were offered sex acts Thursday when they paid for regular massages, Lt. Robert Winn said.
Police have arrested and charged the masseuses twice before, in November of 2009 and February of 2010. This time, the women were watching a surveillance camera and tried to sneak out the back when officers arrived.
“That was new,” Winn said. “But we prepare for that. When they went out the back, there were two officers waiting for them.”
Police charged owner Kuen Ling Cheng, 41, of Albany, with promoting prostitution, a felony, and permitting prostitution, a misdemeanor.
They charged Feng Mei Shi, 43, of Flushing, N.Y., and Yuxia Huang, 46, of Albany, with prostitution, a misdemeanor. They and a third woman, Yan Ying Wang, 39, of Albany, were also charged with performing massages without a license, a felony.
All of the women are from China, but they are here legally, according to Immigration Customs Enforcement.
They have been remanded to the Albany County jail until their bail hearing Monday.