A Schenectady woman is charged with prostitution and performing unlicensed massage, and another is accused of aiding in the performance of unlicensed massage for activities alleged to have taken place at the X and Y Relaxation Centre on Route 50.
Glenville police said Shuping Xu of Jackson Avenue was charged with performance of an unlicensed massage, a class E felony, prostitution and forcible touching, both class A misdemeanors.
Yao Xiuhua, also of Jackson Avenue, who claims to be the owner of the massage parlor at 14 Saratoga Road in the Skyway Plaza, was charged with aiding unauthorized, unlicensed massage, a class E felony, police said.
The plaza is just south of TJ’s Flightline Pub on Route 50 and the alleged prostitution took place next door to In Nae Sport, a martial arts and fitness center.
The investigation began after police received information that the X and Y may have been offering massages, Glenville police Lt. Steve Janik said. Xu wasn’t licensed by the state to perform massages and the business did not receive a town permit to operate as a massage parlor when it opened about three months ago, he said.
The arrests followed an undercover investigation by a plainclothes Glenville police officer who went in to the business Tuesday afternoon, police said. After paying for and receiving a massage from Xu, the officer was offered a sexual performance and was forcibly touched, police said.
“An officer paid an amount of money for a massage and was solicited for other things at the completion of the massage,” Janik said.
Xu was brought to the Glenville Police Department to be processed, but was then sent to Ellis Hospital with an undetermined medical condition, police said. She was charged at the hospital and given a ticket to appear in Glenville Town Court at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Xu, who speaks Chinese and very little English, was questioned at the hospital by a Glenville officer through an interpreter from the FBI, Janik said.
“She was basically refusing to answer any questions,” he said.
Xu had only been in the area two days and traveled here from New York City, he said.
The Chinese-speaking business owner, Xiuhua, spoke “very broken English” and was also short with police when questioned Wednesday morning through an FBI interpreter, Janik said. That made it difficult for police to determine how the alleged prostitution operation began, he said.
“She was also playing like she had no idea what we were talking about, so it was difficult to get to the bottom of how people come here or where people come from,” he said. “We’re forwarding a lot of our information to the FBI. We’re going to be looking at, probably, a coordinated investigation with the FBI and also with Homeland Security.”
Xiuhua was charged Wednesday morning and released on an appearance ticket, also for an April 7 date in Glenville Town Court.
The business, “as far as the town is concerned,” has been shut down because it never received a license from the town to operate as a massage parlor, town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said. Koetzle said the business was able to get its certificate of occupancy and open because nothing in town zoning law prevents relaxation centers in that area.
“The massage parlor needs to register with the town, but they indicated that they were not giving massages, that they were only a relaxation center,” he said. “There was nothing we could do to prevent that.”
Koetzle said the alleged prostitution was “an isolated incident” for the town.
“It’s an incident that I want to commend our police officers for nipping in the bud fairly quickly, and I think it’s something that we don’t see here in Glenville,” he said, “and I don’t anticipate we’ll see it again.”