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Condom-clogged pipe leads to prostitution bust at massage parlor, Austin police say

Austin police said they uncovered a prostitution ring at a Northwest Austin massage parlor after a waste pipe at the business became clogged and destroyed by hundreds of condoms, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday.

The affidavit said police were tipped off about possible prostitution on Feb. 7 from a realty company that had recently taken over a property in the 11400 block of North FM 620.

One of the tenants of the property was listed as Jade Massage Therapy LLC.

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The affidavit said several other tenants had expressed concerns that prostitution may have been going on at the business, and that an industrial pipe connecting the property to the city's sewer service was found clogged with condoms.

Investigators identified the owners of the business as a woman named Juan Wang and her husband, Joseph Emery.

Two days before officers received the tip relating to the clogged pipe, Wang was stopped by security at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport with $30,000 in cash wrapped up in several duct-taped bundles, the document said.

She told police she had saved the money for a medical procedure in China, and that the money came from Jade Massage, the affidavit said.

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According to the document, Wang estimated that she made about $20,000 there each year.

"When (an officer) pointed out that she was carrying in excess of a year's worth of income Wang became visibly nervous and had difficulty answering further questions," the affidavit said.

Wang gave police a contact number and was allowed to board a plane to China, the document said.

Investigators found that the number was tied to a account that had apparent advertisements for "Jade Massage" for sexual services at a second location on Anderson Mill Road, according to the affidavit.

On March 22, Austin police executed search warrants at the address and found Wang in a room with a naked man, the affidavit said. 

Another woman was also found in a separate room with a naked man, according to the report.

Both Wang and Emery face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering, the affidavit said.

Neither was listed in custody at the Travis County Jail on Tuesday morning.

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