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County Attorney temporarily shuts down West El Paso massage parlor

According to a news release from the El Paso County Attorney’s Office on Friday, their office obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against a West-side massage parlor where they say alleged illegal activity “habitually occurs.”

On Thursday, October 21,  New Health Spa Massage (AKA “New Style Massage”), was shut down pending the outcome of a Temporary Injunction hearing scheduled for November 1, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the 210 District Court.

The case was initiated by the Nuisance Abatement Team of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office after law enforcement agencies conducted surveillance and undercover operations at the massage parlor located along the 6300 block of North  Mesa.

The lawsuit alleges that “New Health Spa Massage,” the owner Mingjuan Zhang, and operator Lingfang Sun, habitually violate sections of the Texas Occupations Code (OCC) and the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (CPRC).

“Violations include operating without a license, hiring unlicensed therapists, failing to keep records on clients and employees, and offering
sexual contact,” CAO officials shared.

“During the past twelve months, County Attorney investigators conducted surveillance of the business, documenting habitual irregularities, such as all-male customers, and employees dressed inappropriately for work in a massage establishment. Investigators also found evidence that at least one employee lives on the property, suggesting human trafficking. Additionally, New Health Spa Massage advertises on websites known to solicit exotic massages,” officials added.

The evidence in the case was presented on Wednesday, October 20 th , 2021, in the 210 District Court, and the request for a Temporary Restraining Order was approved by the Honorable Judge Alyssa Perez.

The establishment was closed Thursday October 21, and will remain closed at least until Monday, November 1, when the Court will
hear evidence to consider the approval of a Temporary Injunction.

The Nuisance Abatement Team of the County Attorney’s Office was created in 2016 to address community concerns about criminal nuisances or possible illegal activities on properties or geographic areas.

“The Nuisance Abatement Team will seek immediate relief in circumstances like this one, where illegal activity operates as a legitimate business, and has the opportunity to exploit vulnerable populations. I am always grateful for the assistance my office receives from all law
enforcement agencies in gathering the necessary evidence to support our legal fillings,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

“The pandemic has not slowed down our efforts to protect residents from criminal activity and assist suspected victims of sexual trafficking,” Bernal concluded.

Officials with the CAO say the lawsuit is the result of work between the Texas Department of Licensing Regulation (TDLR), the Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS), El Paso Police Department VICE Unit, and the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.

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