Three women who working at massage parlor-type businesses in Lexington were arrested late last week after an investigation into alleged prostitution.
The arrests, made in two separate actions on Friday, June 8, came as a result of investigations into information received from outside agencies, advertisements, online adult sites and citizen complaints, according to Lt. Det. Michael McLean.
As a result of information obtained over a week or so, police sent an undercover officer into the establishments and confirmed employees were offering sexual services for a price in addition to their regular, legitimate treatments, McLean said.
And, as a result of the investigation, Zhangling Dong, 48, of Hubbard St., Malden, was arrested and charged with prostitution. She allegedly worked at Lexington Bodywork on Marrett Road.
A little later in the afternoon, Wenlan Liu, 42, and Xue Bing Wu, 27, both of 25 Winthrop Ave., Quincy, were both arrested and charged with prostitution. They allegedly worked out of Asian Bodywork on School Street.
As of Monday afternoon, it did not appear as though the two illicit operations were linked to one another, and it was unclear whether those arrested were rogue employees or acting in conjunction with others at the businesses, McLean said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Information in this report was provided by the Lexington Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.