Sex for Sale: Over 100 suspected 'Johns' sought in Vero Beach parlor sex probe


    Sex for Sale: Vero Beach Police released photos of the men wanted for solicitation of prostitution in Vero Beach. (Vero Beach Police)

    More than 100 men are being sought on solicitation of prostitution charges by police in Vero Beach. According to Bloomberg, the list includes John W. Childs, the 77-year-old founder of JW Childs Associates, a private equity firm.

    Police, along with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, revealed the results of an investigation into illegal sex acts and human trafficking at massage parlors in Vero Beach and Sebastian.

    "There were very little massages going on," said Vero Beach Chief David Currey.

    Authorities shared photos of the men facing charges, but also of the people who investigators say ran the operation, dubbed the East Spa Organization.

    Sex for Sale: Vero Beach Police identified managers and workers from the East Spa Organization as central figures in the sex and prostitution crackdown in Vero Beach. (Vero Beach Police)

    Here's a rundown of the eight people identified by police as being part of the operation:

    • Lanyun Ma: Manager, arrested. Facing charges of racketeering, deriving support from prostitution, engaging in prostitution, unlawful transportation for prostitution,
    • Yongzhang Yan: Business owner, from Winter Park. Expected to face charges but he is not in custody.
    • Lanfen Ma: Sister of manager, US citizen out of country with active charges of racketeering, deriving support from prostitution, and engaging in prostitution in Vero Beach.
    • Yan Xu: Arrested at spa in Sebastian. Charged with racketeering, deriving support from prostitution, and engaging in prostitution. Faces charges in Vero Beach and Sebastian.
    • Junhua Dong: Arrested in Vero Beach location. charged with deriving support from prostitution, and engaging in prostitution.
    • Peisia Zhang: She is possibly on the West coast. Faces charges of racketeering, deriving support from prostitution, and engaging in prostitution at the East Spa on 14th Avenue.
    • Kenneth Zullo: In custody on charges of racketeering. Accused of taking employees to spa and to airports in Orlando and other locations.
    • Yapien Ren: Faces charges in Vero Beach, arrested at Rainbow Spa in Orlando. Worked in Vero Beach before managing business in Orlando. Racketeering and engaging in prostitution charges.

    Some of the suspected 'Johns' are small business owners, religious leaders, fathers, uncles, and former law enforcement, police said.

    Vero Beach Police said the investigation began last year after they received complaints about the spas. The undercover operations ultimately led to 138 charges being filed against 111 people. Authorities have one human trafficking victim who came to the United States under the guise of being a massage therapist but ended up being trapped in the sex parlor. Police fear there could be more victims.

    One was the East Spa on 14th Avenue in Vero Beach.

    Sex for Sale: Vero Beach Police identified managers and workers from the East Spa Organization as central figures in the sex and prostitution crackdown in Vero Beach. (Vero Beach Police)

    The second was the East Spa on Gene Street in Winter Park.

    Sex for Sale: Vero Beach Police identified managers and workers from the East Spa Organization as central figures in the sex and prostitution crackdown in Vero Beach. (Vero Beach Police)

    The third was the Rainbow Spa on Colonial Drive in Orlando.

    The Indian River County Sheriff's Office investigated a spa in Sebastian called the East Sea Spa where 54 people are facing 61 solicitation of prostitution charges.

    Indian River County spa sex crackdown. (IRC Sheriff's Office)

    Investigators in Indian River County served 171 arrest warrants, with 45 people in custody. One suspect is the manager of a spa, a 41-year-old woman who faces charges of racketeering, operating house of prostitution, and 30 counts of prostitution.

    Sheriff Daryl Loar said some of the spa workers lived in the spa and were not allowed to leave.

    They're also looking to identify a woman known only as "Ipo," who worked at the spa for the past two months.

    Sex for Sale: Vero Beach Police are looking to identify a woman known only as "Ipo." (Vero Beach Police)

    The sheriff's office expects to have all warrants served by the end of the weekend.

    To report suspected human trafficking call the nationwide hotline at 1-888-373-7888.







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