Stanley Ward Hill, 51, said that he thought the building he owned at 150 S. Duke St., was perfect for a massage business. He claims that he found it difficult to hire reliable people to staff his ‘White Rose Spa’. “A lot of people in the massage business are flaky, I went out and got a couple people but they were terrible. Eventually, I met my girlfriend and she started doing it.” Hill said.
Using a search warrant, the York City Police’s Nuisance Abatement division raided the business, arresting Yu Kwan Man and Jumei Xiong on prostitution charges and charging Hill with providing a place for prostitution.
Man and Xiong were charged with prostitution after they agreed to perform a sex act on an undercover police officer for cash. Both women list New York state addresses and it was later determined that Man is an illegal immigrant. Man is already going through removal proceedings, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Harold Ort. Xiong is in county prison under a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, Ort said.
Hill said he received a call from someone about the police raid, and that, when he showed up at the building, he told police, “It’s not a search and destroy warrant.” Hill claims that police said, “You’re being a smart ass, you’re under arrest.” Hill further claims that he had no idea Man and Xiong were running a prostitution business out of the building. “The only thing I was doing was collecting rent. I wasn’t there 95 percent of the time. I guess you could say I was profiting, I had no idea that anyone was prostituting.”
“This was something I was helping them with,” he said, adding that he assisted Man and Xiong in running advertisements in the newspaper. “This was not, as far as I knew, anybody doing anything but massages.” According to York City Police Detective First Class Andy Shaffer, Hill knew exactly what was going on there. “Our information shows he did have knowledge. We have physical evidence that he had personal knowledge of what was going on there.” Shaffer said. Shaffer further stated that based on Man’s and Xiong’s out-of-state addresses, their limited English, and their living conditions at the spa with only a mattress and a suitcase between them investigators suspected they were transient women shuttled between spas. It took this writer less then 5 minutes to find an ad for Hill’s “White Rose Spa” listed in the “adult entertainment” section of backpage.com.
It is obvious that the women involved are victims and are in need of help not prison and deportation. To help these women, please contact the Polaris Project at (888) 373-7888 for information on how you can get involved.
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