Woman accused in recent prostitution bust breaks down in court - WKRN News 2

Woman accused in recent prostitution bust breaks down in court


A woman facing charges after a recent prostitution bust at four local massage parlors appeared in court Friday for the first time since her arrest.

Xiofang Lu broke down into tears after entering the courtroom.

Lu is facing felony charges for promoting prostitution. She and three of her employees were arrested on February 10 at Golden Massage in Green Hills.

Authorities began investigating Lu after receiving an anonymous complaint and finding advertisements on Backpage.com that suggested more than a massage.

"In my experience and training of arresting and investigating prostitutes, this was not a typical ad for massage," an undercover detective testified.

After scheduling an appointment and wiring up a confidential informant, authorities received enough evidence to obtain a search warrant at the business.

During their investigation, a notebook with English translation of sex acts and more than $5,000 in cash from Lu's purse were discovered.

The judge would not reduce Lu's bond Friday. The case has been sent to the grand jury. 

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