By Bill Kirk
---- — An illicit massage parlor shut down in Ballardvale last week may have had ties to another location shuttered by Danvers police recently.
Andover police conducted a sting operation at 195 Andover St., Unit 2, on Wednesday, June 5, after receiving reports from employees in an adjacent business that men had been entering Qui’s Body Work for half-hour periods and then leaving.
An employee also reported that while throwing trash out at a Dumpster in the rear of the property, “a woman was observed caressing a male’s genitals in plain view through a window,” according to a report filed in Lawrence District Court by Patrolman Michael Lane.
On Thursday, June 6, after sending in an undercover officer, police arrested Yu Yun Chen, 45, of 133 Elmwood Ave., Quincy, and charged her with sexual conduct for a fee and operating an unlicensed massage business.
Chen was supposed to have been arraigned last week, but the court was unable to find a Mandarin interpreter. She has been released with an arraignment scheduled for June 24, according to court officials.
According to the report by Lane, on June 5 he was contacted by Officer David Carriere regarding a complaint he had received involving alleged prostitution at 195 Andover St., Unit 2, under the name of Qui’s Body Work.
Carriere was also approached by employees of an adjacent business who told him what they had seen.
Detective Kevin Aufiero also reported receiving a letter indicating that the business was operating as a massage parlor offering sexual services.
Lane said he had heard of similar businesses being shut down in North Andover.
Carriere alerted Lane to an advertisement on a Boston adult website offering “Amazing Chinese Body Work in Andover, MA.”
The ad gave the same street address and phone number used for Qui’s Body Work. According to the ad, prices were quoted as $40 for 30 minutes, $60 for 60 minutes and $100 for 60 minutes and “four hands.”
Detectives in North Andover advised Andover police to contact the state Division of Industrial Accidents, which can help shut down businesses involved in criminal misconduct.
At around 3 p.m. June 6, Carriere called Qui’s Body Work and set up a massage for 4:30 p.m. He took $120 given to him by Lane. Carriere entered the building at 4:25 p.m., as Lane, Detective David Milne and two officers from the Department of Industrial Accidents stood by.
Carriere was met by a female, later identified as Yu Chen, and led to a room where he was stripped of his clothing down to his underwear and provided a towel for his midsection, according to the report.
Carriere received “a full-body massage for the first half hour,” the report said. “At this time, Chen pulled off (Carriere’s) towel and removed his underwear and attempted to touch his genital area. At this time, Officer Carriere identified himself as an Andover police officer and requested officers respond to this location.”
Yu Chen was placed under arrest and handcuffed. In the lobby area, on a desk, was the $120 Lane had given to Carriere along with a ledger of business activities.
During the investigation, a man from Beverly came to the door. When asked by police why he was there, he became “visibly shaken and stated he has used this (phone) number on recent occasions at an address located adjacent to the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.”
Robert Fasulo, an investigator with the Department of Industrial Accidents, said Danvers police had recently shut down the Danvers location for the same violations.
The man from Beverly was told to leave and not return. Danvers police detectives could not be reached Tuesday afternoon as The Townsman went to press.
Fasulo taped a sign to the door of Qui’s Body Work stating that the business had been shut down under his authorization.