Cobb County massage parlor closes after employees offer undercover cop sexual favors for money
Two weeks after undercover agents busted Diyuan Massage in Kennesaw, the business is permanently closed.
“The City of Kennesaw received the signed Consent Judgement from Superior Court Judge Angela Brown for Diyuan Massage – under the judgment Ziyun Long (business license holder) and Diyuan Massage are permanently enjoined from conducting any massage therapy or massages at 2680 Cobb Parkway or within the City limits of Kennesaw; and the business license has been surrendered and revoked and Ziyun Long is permanently enjoined from applying for a new business license for massage therapy within the City limits of Kennesaw – effective yesterday February 28, 2023,” said Rebecca Graham, Communication & Engagement Manager for the City of Kennesaw.
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Police initially cracked down on Jasmine Massage in Smyrna and Diyuan Massage in Kennesaw after they received complaints from people who live nearby and nearby businesses. Law enforcement agencies across the county worked together to crack down on both businesses.
Channel 2′s Cobb County Bureau Chief Michele Newell was in Kennesaw with what tipped law enforcement to start the investigation.
“I’m glad that it’s gone, that they closed it down. I had concern for the girls, yes, that was my concern because some of them didn’t look real happy at times,” said Amy Wilson who works in Kennesaw.
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“We believe that they are operating illegally, and we are seeking to have them shut down by the business license division. I do believe Kennesaw already has a hearing set up for this particular business to decide if they are going to revoke their license or not and Smyrna will go through the same process,” said Dan Ferrell, Deputy Chief of Special Investigations with the Cobb County Police department.
An employee from Jasmine Massage and an employee from Diyuan Massage are accused of offering undercover agents sexual favors in exchange for money.
Both employees were arrested and charged and eventually bonded out.
“Is this an organized crime business? Is this a rogue employee in a legitimate massage therapy center that just decided to do this on their own? Or are the employees being used to make a profit for the business?” said Ferrell.
Ferrell told Channel 2 Action News these kinds of investigations involve several layers and take time.
“For most people, they only see the very surface of what’s going on and they look at this as an individual act. If you dig deeper into the background, like how did she arrive here? Did she have a choice in doing what she was doing? I think a lot of times if you dig deeper you will probably find that many of them are here and don’t feel they have a choice other than to do what they are told,” said Ferrell.
Cobb County Commissioner Monique Sheffield said she is happy police are cracking down and understands an even larger issue at hand.
Kasey McClure, the founder of 4 Sarah, is a human trafficking advocate who helps victims get out of bad situations. She said she tries to help girls that work in massage parlors and are being trafficked.
She recalls one story involving a woman who was in a rough situation.
“She was stuck into her life because she couldn’t get an ID she couldn’t get a social security card so she was kind of forced into that lifestyle to stay in it and that is very common with a lot of the girls that are in massage parlors,” said McClure.
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