Parlor sting months in the making

Interviews with men exiting a local massage parlor, sifting through the establishment’s trash and an undercover operation all led to the Grand Junction Police Department closing a suspected brothel last month, according to a recently unsealed federal court filing.

Investigators began probing Fuji Oriental Therapy Massage, 762 Horizon Drive, according to
the court filing, after officers performed a routine business check on the establishment in January.

During the check, two employees, both of whom had histories of prostitution, told officers “they lived in the business and were paid $2,000 per month.”

Officers staked out the business starting in February, stopping men exiting the massage parlor.

Two men admitted to paying up to $300 for various sexual acts, according to the court filing.

The investigation, which continued through last month, led to the Nov. 20 arrest of 58-year-old Nan Hwa O’Reilly, the owner of Fuji Oriental Therapy Massage, on suspicion of pimping and tax evasion dating to 2003.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Mesa County Court, O’Reilly failed to report tens of thousands of dollars worth of income stemming from the suspected prostitution operation.

A second employee of the massage parlor, 52-year-old Suk Young Yu, was arrested less than a week later in Illinois on suspicion of related pimping charges.

During the investigation, officers also discovered, via a background check, that O’Reilly had links to massage parlor-based prostitution in Colorado Springs “dating back to Dec. 15, 1978” and Southfield, Mich., “dating back to March 22, 1991,” according to the federal court filing.

The background checks revealed eight of O’Reilly’s “girls” had been arrested in connection with prostitution in various states.

Bolstering the Police Department’s investigation, the filing said, were a series of “trash runs” in which officers would sift through the business’ trash. The searches reportedly turned up used condoms and at least one note detailing the asking price for sex.

The federal court document, unsealed Thursday, was filed in mid-November to begin civil proceedings that allow law enforcement to seize money and other property connected to a criminal enterprise.

O’Reilly is scheduled to return to court Wednesday in her criminal case, which is separate from the federal civil forfeiture case.


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