North Miami Beach residents have long been complaining about our strip clubs. I’m curious if they have any concerns about the proliferation of Asian massage parlors that have been popping up in our community. Scores of these “massage parlors” have been busted for prostitution around the country. Check out these busts here, here, here, here, here, and only last month here. And those are only a few that have occurred since May of 2012. There are hundreds more articles which you can find by googling “Asian massage prostitution.”
Yet they continue to open, and they continue to thrive.
Here in North Miami Beach, eight massage parlors were reviewed by the website Rub Maps, Find Your Happy Ending! These are only the ones in our city limits! There are many more in North Miami, Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach, Hallandale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, etc., etc., etc. The list goes on and on.
Just north of our city’s border is a “massage parlor” by the name of Golden Asian Spa, which is located at 190 NE 199th Street. The sign over the door merely says, “Golden Therapeutic.” On its website, however, it advertises “All new young staff” and are open from 10:00 am to midnight. You know, just in case you feel the urge to get a “massage” before you turn into a pumpkin. Its website shows pictures of very, very young Asian women and have recently advertised on three other pages. One of ads sell “Candy Tina Jessage Cherry Beautiful Asian Massage Therapist Waiting you,” The other offers “Candy Wonderful bodywork and Beautiful masseuse guaranteed!” I bet.
The first time I called the advertised phone number, (954) 668-0033, and asked if this was for a Chinese massage, the woman told me it was a “therapeutic medical office.” The second time I called, I was told by the same woman that, “we give facials.” I’m guessing not too many women are encouraged to get an “Asian massage.”
The owners of Golden Asian Spa, Inc. are Xiaoli Deng and Mei Xu of Pembroke Pines. This corporation opened on January 28, 2010. Mei Xu was also the owner of a defunct company called International Lee Da Trading, Inc., which was in business for only four months. This corporation also listed a principal place of business at 190 NE 199th Street, but with a mailing address of 18999 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 205, Aventura, Florida 33180. One wonders what she was in the business of trading. (See “Human Trafficking” comments below.)
All new young staff
My question is, if you want a legitimate massage by a licensed massage therapist, what difference does it make if the massage parlor has an “all new young staff,” or if it’s done by a “beautiful Asian massage therapist?” It doesn’t. If the massage is legitimately therapeutic, the masseuse can look like Helen Thomas for all it matters. Yet the websites for these “massage parlors” show Asian women in various stages of undress. Why? One even shows a man’s torso barely covered by a washcloth. Again, why?
If you really want to know what goes on at Golden Asian Spa, you can find out the real scoop at Naughty Reviews, which also offers reviews on all these “massage parlors,” and offers to help you “Find Naughty Girls Near You.” Hmmm…
The truth is that most, if not all of these places do offer legitimate massages with licensed therapists, but that’s probably so they can maintain their business licenses. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the fact that so many of them keep getting busted for prostitution over and over means that they offer up more than just massages, if you get my drift.
Even worse, some of these young Asian women have been lured here from countries like China, Japan and Korea with offers of jobs, only to find themselves indentured to the owners of “massage parlors,” and forced to give “massages” under threat of deportation. Human trafficking is a huge problem in America. According to an MSCO website:
“Of the 600,000 to 800,000 victims trafficked across international borders every year, an estimated 17,500 end up swelling the ranks of the exploited inside the United States. The most common countries of origin for these new arrivals include Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa.
Furthermore, U.S. citizens account for 25% of the world’s child sex tourism (visiting foreign countries for the express purpose of having sex with children). In spite of that, the number one destination for Americans seeking sex with a child is the United States.
On any given day, over 200,000 children inside the United States are at high risk for sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography, and stripping. Ninety percent of these children are American citizens. A child’s average age of entry into the U.S. sex industry is 12, with children as young as 10 being not uncommon.
Over half of the world’s child pornography originates inside America. While sex trafficking in its various forms currently dominates U.S. trafficking statistics, American involvement in human trafficking is clearly not limited to sexual exploitation.
Labor trafficking cases inside the United States have uncovered nannies and domestic servants held hostage inside American homes, as well as abused and unpaid workers inside small businesses such as restaurants, construction sites (particularly if access is denied), nail salons, custodial services, and landscaping crews.”
In my research, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about these Asian “massage parlors.” For example, I learned that they offer PSE, GFE and Happy Ending. For the uninitiated, those mean Porn Star Experience, Girlfriend Experience, and, um, well, I think you can figure out what “Happy Ending” means.
They all offer “table showers.” Read at your own risk.
When you go to a strip club, you are paying to see naked people dancing. If you’re into that sort of thing, of course. The dancers might be able to brush against you, but you don’t get to touch them. Just try it once and see how fast you get escorted out by beefy bouncers! At strip clubs, you also don’t get to take off your clothes, and you certainly don’t get a “Happy Ending.”
You know I certainly don’t condone strip clubs, but I am a defender of the law. Whether you like them or not, strip clubs are legitimate businesses as long as they operate in accordance with the law. Yes, I would prefer that North Miami Beach didn’t have strip clubs because they do nothing to promote the image of a family oriented community. However, as long as our three strip clubs maintain their licenses and operate within the law, there isn’t much we can do about them.
“Massage parlors,” however, are an entirely different animal. Customers get naked. “Therapists” touch the customers. Doors are locked. Men get “Happy Endings.”
Where are the authorities?
Those residents who are constantly railing against North Miami Beach’s three legitimate strip clubs should really take a look at the eight or more “Asian massage parlors” right here in our city, and the dozens more in our community at large. Why are these businesses given licenses to operate without being examined more closely? Why hasn’t a vice squad investigated what really goes on inside these “spas?” Last time I checked, prostitution, indentured slavery, and child pornography were still against the law. If these things are going on in our city, I’d sure like to see the perpetrators get their own Not So Happy Ending.
“Spreading the Wealth”