AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) - An Austin couple are under arrest for running a prostitution ring after an investigation revealed hundreds of condoms clogging their sewage system.
According to Austin affiliate, KXAN, a detective was assigned to investigate the North Austin massage parlor - Jade Massage Therapy, after getting a tip from the property management company about possible prostitution at the parlor.
The property management company told investigators that an industrial waste disposal unit that connected the property to the city sewer became clogged and destroyed by hundreds of condoms, according to a police affidavit.
Other tenants had already contacted the management company, concerned that prostitution may be occurring inside of the business. Investigators learned that husband and wife Joseph Emery, 54, and Juan Wang, 49, were the listed owners of the business and that Wang had been stopped during security screening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after duct-taped bundles of cash were found in her carry own luggage totaling $30,000.
Wang told an officer that she was on her way to China and the money was going to be used for a medical procedure. She advised them that the money was from Jade Massage where she worked.
During the course of the investigation, detectives stopped men coming out of the massage parlor who admitted to receiving sexual services in exchange for cash. According to documents, the clients would tip between $40-$120 in addition to the standard $60 massage charge.
Police executed a warrant on the couple's home in northwest Austin in late March where they allegedly found Wang inside the home with a naked man and a second naked man was found in a second room with a female masseuse. A third woman was also found inside.
Detectives believe that Emery and Wang were using the business as a front for human trafficking and the women were made to live inside of the business.
The couple were each charged with engaging on organized criminal activity and money laundering. Emery's bond was set at $53,00 and Wang's at $45,000.