Hands on Day Spa Representative: We Want to Keep it Clean
He said two employees who were arrested for alleged acts of prostitution have since been replaced.
Hands on Day Spa has replaced two women who were arrested two weeks ago with a man and a woman masseuse, according to an employee at the spa.
“We don’t want to make any problems for the township,” James Yang said on Tuesday morning, May 1. “ … We want to keep it clean, just have clean massages.”
His comments came in the aftermath of the arrests of Jin Lua Li, 37, and Lian Cui, 39, both of Galloway, on April 18 for alleged acts of prostitution. Police conducted a two-week investigation that culminated in an undercover operation and resulted in the two arrests and the recovery of about $400 in cash, Galloway Police said on Friday, April 27.
Police also said there was no evidence of a connection between the owner of the spa and any illegal activity.
According to Yang, the two new employees underwent background evaluations and have clean records. He spoke in place of the owner, who he said is currently in South Korea.
The spa was closed from the time of the arrests until Monday afternoon, April 30.
“We ask, ‘Why did they do this?’ We don’t know,” Yang said. “ … When people get stressed out, they like to get massages. We want them to come here and just be able to get a massage.”
The spa is located at 714 White Horse Pike, adjacent to RCH Thrift Shop.
RCH owner Rhonda Heuser and her husband, Mike, were adamant they knew nothing about Li and Cui’s actions, and hoped it wouldn’t affect their business.
“RCH has nothing to do with those people, and I’m infuriated by it,” said Rhonda Heuser, who appeared at the council meeting last Tuesday night, April 24 with a donation to the Germania Fire Department of $211.31.
RCH is also currently collecting donations for the Roland Rogers School.
“It’s a legitimate business operating as any other,” Galloway Police Chief Patrick Moran said of RCH Thrift. “This was done covertly. It was not very well known.”
Moran said the spa was operating for about a year before there was any indication of wrongdoing.
“The township is always looking for businesses, but these businesses bring in undesirables,” Moran said. “Legitimate day spas and massage therapy offices tend to suffer from stuff like this. This will bring them down and give them a sour reputation. Even though they’re legit, it unjustly reflects badly on them.”
Moran said this is the second time in a couple of years that a spa in Galloway has been shut down for this reason.
“It doesn’t happen here because of the community we live in,” Moran said. “Our township has a very strong opposition to sexually explicit types of businesses.”