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Police raid, close Raleigh massage parlor after officer offered of 'full body massage'

Posted July 7

— A Raleigh massage parlor has been shut down after a sting operation and police raid in mid-June.

According to newly released documents, the closure of the Canaan Spa on Creedmoor Road hinged on a licensing issue, but also included alleged attempts of bribing a police officer.

According to documents, the Raleigh Police Intel Unit started investigating the Canaan Massage Spa seven months ago because police suspected some massage therapists weren't licensed, as required by state law.

Owner Huilan Tian was arrested in March after she twice tried to bribe investigators with money in exchange for not investigating her business, according to a warrant.

 Huilan Tian

In June, police learned the spa was still in operation.

Documents said officers raided the businesses after an employee offered to give an undercover officer a “full body” massage for $70.

Two employees were cited for representing themselves as massage therapists without being licensed.

Tian was released from jail on bond and is due to appear in court in August.

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  • David Lewis Jul 8, 8:19 p.m.
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    So, the state's out a little tax revenue. I'm sure no one who went in there cared if they were licensed...

  • David Lewis Jul 8, 8:19 p.m.
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    So, the state's out a little tax revenue. I'm sure no one who went in there cared if they were licensed...

  • Stacie Hagwood Jul 8, 6:48 a.m.
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    They need to also make sure none of the unlicensed MT aren't actually enslaved, without the opportunity to leave.