Owner of Layton spa charged after investigation finds illegal services offered

Zehong Wang. Photo: Davis County

FARMINGTON, Utah, Dec. 30, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The owner of a Layton spa has been charged after an undercover investigation found her business was offering far more than standard massages.

Zehong Wang, 56, who owns the Golden Day Spa, was charged in November with:

  • Money laundering, a second-degree felony
  • Exploiting a prostitute, a third-degree felony
  • And sexual solicitation, a Class B misdemeanor

According to a probable cause statement, the Layton Police Department received multiple leads regarding sexual acts being offered for sale at the spa. On a website, the business advertised a “‘Happy Happy Asian Massage,’ with a price of $45 for 30 minutes,” the statement says.

In September of this year, an undercover officer posing as a massage customer visited the spa on three occasions. Twice he was offered a “happy massage” for the extra charge, and he declined and left. The other time, an employee touched his genitals, and he left, the statement says.

On Oct. 12, the officer returned to the spa and was greeted by owner Wang.

“The defendant herself began the massage,” the probable cause statement says. “During the massage, the defendant pointed at the officer’s groin area and smiled while making a sexual hand gesture. The officer asked ‘how much?’ The defendant held up four fingers and mouthed ‘$40.'”

Investigators also staked out the business, and determined that large numbers of men visited the location late at night.

Police obtained warrants and searched the business and Wang’s apartment, and found larges amounts of cash and deposit slips for as much as $8,500 to Wang’s bank account.

An employee interviewed by investigators said she had answered an ad and had arrived in Utah to work about three weeks earlier, and that ” … she would regularly perform sex acts as part of her work for the defendant at the Golden Day Spa.”

Wang made her initial appearance this week in Farmington’s 2nd District Court. Her next appearance is scheduled for Feb. 2.


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